LA County Judge Doesn’t See Humor in Tweeting

When nationally syndicated columnist and ESPN poker personality Norman Chad was selected to jury duty, he did what any person in 2012 would do — gave play-by-play on Twitter.

Chad, AKA “Juror #7,” was rebuked by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Laura Foland Priver Wednesday for tweeting during a burglary trial.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chad tweeted two dozen times between Jan. 11-12. The judge was eventually tipped off that Chad was tweeting and he was dismissed from the case.

“He made a mockery of our system,” Priver told Chad’s attorney. “I’m disturbed by this behavior. Once the information is out there, it’s out there forever. The public who sees these tweets is going to think this behavior is OK.”

Chad received a warning despite the fact that communicating during a trial is a misdemeanor in the state of California.

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