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Juror who posted on Facebook dismissed from O.C. murder trial

December 2, 2011 |  5:29 pm

A juror in an Orange County murder trial has been dismissed after posting comments about the accused killer on Facebook, saying she’d like to get in contact with him after the case and making disparaging remarks about her colleagues on the panel.

In one post, the woman said she had become so annoyed with another juror cracking her knuckles that “I want to punch her,” the Orange County Register reported.

The juror also posted a photo of another juror’s shoes on her Facebook page, mocking her footwear as “clunky running shoes which I am pretty sure are not used for their intended purposes.”

As to the accused, Christian William Carney, the juror said his case “intrigued” her and that she would like to be in contact with him after the case wrapped up. Carney is charged with murdering a fellow Marine in a secluded area of San Clemente in a dispute over drug money.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Ebrahim Baytieh, who learned of the Facebook activity, asked that the juror be dismissed, scolded and possibly prosecuted for her behavior.

Superior Court Judge William Froeberg, who is hearing the murder case, had made a point of telling jurors not to discuss the case or do any independent research into the alleged crime.

He even went a step further, adding “and the biggest evil facing the world today: the Internet."

“Please stay off the Internet ... oh, and tweeting,” he advised jurors before the trial got rolling. “We don't want any tweeting or texting either."

After dismissing the juror -– no charged were filed, though there's no word on the requested scolding -– Froeberg added another item to his list of Internet and social media no-nos.

“Don’t be Facebooking.”


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