Apparently, Facebook has refused a subpoena request from defense attorneys to turn over the Facebook postings of a juror (Arturo Ramirez). Defense attorneys want access to the juror's Facebook page because they believe he may have leaked information about the trial or was influenced by comments made by Facebook friends. The defense attorneys represent reputed members of the Killa Mobb gang who were convicted of assaulting a man at a Sacramento gas station.
In refusing to turn over the postings, Facebook has cited the Stored Communications Act of 1986. Facebook, however, says that Ramirez, who has been given copies of his postings, can, if he so desires, give the postings to defense attorneys. The attorney representing Ramirez, Ken Rosenfeld, plans to help his client fight the release of this information. According to Rosenfeld, "In actuality, I'm defending the privacy rights of 500 million Facebook users--this case has implications for anyone who uses social media."
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