Posted: Feb 6, 2011 12:33 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Feb 6, 2011 12:33 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has ordered a juror
to turn over Facebook messages he posted during the trial of
several alleged gang members.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny said Friday that
Arturo Ramirez could face jail time if he doesn't give Facebook
permission to disclose the postings within 10 days.
Defense attorneys had requested the disclosure to determine
whether Ramirez was influenced by any outside communication.
The five alleged gang members were convicted last year in the
2008 beating of a man at a gas station. They have yet to be
Ramirez's posts allegedly characterized the evidence as
"boring" and revealed he was on the jury.
His attorney says the judge's order an invasion of privacy and
told the Sacramento Bee that he planned to appeal.