Serving on a jury is a duty that should not be taken lightly and it's so important for jurors to remain impartial while hearing the facts of a case. While serving on a jury near Detroit, Michigan, a juror was dismissed after making a post on her Facebook page about the case. It's quite distressing to learn the trial was still in progress when the message was written.
Hadley Jons posted it was "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're guilty." Once the post was discovered, Diane Druzinsk, the judge who presided over the case, replaced Jons with an alternate juror. It is alarming to realize she may have been prepared to judge a person's guilt or innocence based on emotion or her preconceptions of the defendant. So much for an impartial jury.
Defense attorney Saleema Sheikh believes Jons should spend a little time in jail as punishment for her indiscretion and blatant disregard for her duty as a juror. The judge should impose some sort of punishment as an example for people who report for jury duty in the future. They need to know disrespect for the court and the law will not be tolerated.
Â© Marie Gallagher 2010