A homicide trial in Australia has been derailed after it was discovered that a juror conducted Facebook searches on both the victim and criminal defendant. Pursuant to the law in Queensland, this juror now faces criminal charges that come with a potential penalty of 2 years in jail. Here is the Queensland statute:
Section 69A of Queensland’s Jury Act 1995 states: A person who has been sworn as a juror in a criminal trial must not inquire about the defendant in the trial until the jury of which the person is a member has given its verdict, or the person has been discharged by the judge.
To read more about this case go here.