Prosecutors Look to Social Media for Selecting Casey Anthony Jurors
Posted May 16, 2011 10:54 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward
Prosecutors trying Casey Anthony, a 25-year-old Florida woman charged with murdering her young daughter, were armed with Internet information during a special Saturday jury selection, checking out panel members’ social media profiles during voir dire.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors in the high-profile case used a peremptory challenge to dismiss an individual who allegedly posted the jury instructions on his Facebook page. He also joked about writing a book, the AP reported.
Another juror, who tweeted about a fender bender, was also excused. “Cops in Florida are idiots and completely useless,” was most likely the tweet that caught the government’s attention.
The case now has 12 jurors selected. Judge Belvin Perry Jr. said that once 15 potential jurors were chosen, he would like to start swearing them in.
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