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Juror Who Friended Defendant Could See Jail Time

Posted Feb 9, 2012 10:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Florida man who got kicked off a jury for friending a defendant in an auto accident case apparently compounded his problems with a Facebook post after the fact.

Jacob Jock of Sarasota chronicled his excitement at being dismissed, according to lawyer Damien Mallard, who represents the plaintiff. "He went home and made a joke out of it and said, 'Ha, ha, ha, I got out of jury duty,' " Mallard told WTSP.com.

Now Jock is facing a contempt hearing that could result in a fine or jail time, the WTSP story says.

The judge learned of Jock’s attempt to friend the defendant after she told her lawyers of the contact.

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