An Iowa appellate court (State v. Webster) overturned a defendant's murder conviction because of improper conduct by a juror to include interacting with the victim's mother on Facebook. Interestingly, it was the defendant's wife who discovered the Facebook information.
The third witness was Webster’s wife, who testified she had heard from a number of people “that there was a particular juror that was discussing things and who had actually said . . . that she knew the Frisbie family, but they never asked her directly, so . . . she didn’t say anything.” Webster’s wife testified she looked at Juror’s comments and activity on Facebook, and Webster’s wife printed the pages she found where Juror had commented or “Like[d]” a post posted on Facebook by Frisbie’s mother.3 The printed pages were offered and admitted into evidence.