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Juror posts "guilty" on Facebook before trial ends

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The judge who caught the juror says it's a problem that is likely to get worse.

You're supposed to keep an open mind when sitting as a juror in a trial. If you can't, it's definitely not a good idea to broadcast your prejudices about a case on the web.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Hadley Jons, while sitting on a jury in a resisting arrest case "wrote on Facebook that it was 'gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY.'"

The judge removed the woman from the jury and ordered her to pay a $250 fine and write an essay about the constitutional right to a fair trial.

The essay is due October 1st.  The paper reported that the defendant's attorney's son, who is 17, found the posting on Facebook.

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.