June 14th, 2011

Hardly surprising these days

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Three or four of the jobs I had to dish out today included the phrase ‘threatened on Facebook’. I’ve posted many times about how much police work these days involves the misuse of social networking.

Today we see another use for Facebook. One has to wonder what on earth the juror in question thought she was doing firing up a conversation with someone involved in a trial for which she was expected to deliver a verdict. Then again, given that the juror service has to take what it can get from all the people who manage to find excuses not to serve, I guess it’s not a real surprise.

At the end of the day, if the trial collapses, the only thing people will remember will be that the police dealt with the job and failed to get a  conviction.

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  1. Brother Random says:

    The dark hand of easy communication reaches into schools as well. So many disciplinary meetings now are for using facebook in class time or have facebook print outs included as evidence for one side (or both).

    What we need is a change in computing that makes social networking sites slow and complicated to use, anyone in Cloud Computing got an idea?

    June 15th, 2011 at 08:23

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The juror and the defendant getting together on Failbook shouldn`t be a surprise, that`s what social media is about, hooking up people who share common experiences. The fact that one was so dumb she didn`t know it wasn`t appropriate (or legal probably) is also not a surprise when the soaring height of her conversation is the repeated use of the hysterical acronym: ‘lol’.

    I have no idea what social media does to you but it must be very amusing indeed if it leaves most of the population as though under the influence of nitrous oxide.

    A cure for Facepain? how about cutting off internet access for anyone that types ‘lol’.


    June 15th, 2011 at 10:15

  3. Special_Steve says:

    LOL …. arrrrg/

    June 15th, 2011 at 14:30

  4. Hogday says:

    I vote we go Dutch. No jury trials in The Netherlands.

    June 15th, 2011 at 17:12

  5. Blueknight says:

    Anyone that stupid has no place on a jury. If ever there was an argument for professional jury panels, this is it.

    June 15th, 2011 at 20:10

  6. Plodnomore says:

    You must admit it’s a fabulous way of being excused jury service – “I tend to have a propensity of empathy with the accused and would be tempted to conerverse with them using social networking sites.” Should lead to a stand up fight with the CPS wanting me off and the defence wanting me on! Can only hope both barrristers are women and there’s a large vat of jelly nearby!

    June 15th, 2011 at 20:18

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