A juror in a California gang beating case who doesn’t want to turn over his Facebook messages might not have to.
California’s Supreme Court voted unanimously that the case be sent back to the Third District Court of Appeal, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The juror, Arturo Ramirez, allegedly wrote on his on Facebook wall “Can it get any more boring?” A fellow juror had found the post and the defense attorney set a subpoena to Facebook asking for Ramirez’s full records.
Facebook opposed releasing the postings on its own, citing federal computer privacy laws.
The verdict for the Killa Mobb gang members who were convicted last year in the Halloween 2008 beating of a man in a gas station hasn’t been determined yet, as their attorneys demanded the courts wait until it’s decided whether Ramirez’s Facebook postings had any influence on his verdict.
A hearing is scheduled for Friday but the lawyers said it is likely to be delayed as a result of the high court’s vote.
Do you think the juror will be able to maintain his privacy, or do you think Facebook will be forced to turn over his records?