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Jury dismissal due to friend request

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Damian Mallard, Esq.
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How many times, does someone have to be told not to search for any more details in a case than what is presented to you as a juror? In my opinion, Jacob Jock was not complying with his duties as a citizen when he blatantly disregarded that Judge’s instructions. After being instructed not to contact any party of the suit, he went home and sent a friend request 20 minutes later. What made it worse is that he was not forth right about sending the friend request. He said it must have been an accident. As a frequent Facebook user, I know that there is no way to “accidentally” send a friend request. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Facebook, to send a friend request, you must first search for the person you want to friend then you have to click on the button that says “add friend”.  He was fortunate not to get into further trouble with the law. All that the parties wanted was a fair and unbiased jury.  Mr. Jock clearly was not providing that civil duty. Wouldn’t you want fair and unbiased people on your jury? Now that people know that they can do this without any repercussions to their actions, more people will “accidentally” send Facebook friend requests to get out of doing jury duty.

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