June 07, 2016 Top Story

No Mistrial over Juror's Facebook Connection with Victim's Sister

Juror's relationship with Facebook friend too attenuated to be misconduct

Onika K. Williams

There is no misconduct warranting a mistrial when a juror, who is not asked about her Facebook usage or friendships during voir dire, does not disclose that the victim’s relative is among her Facebook friends. Slaybaugh v. State is a case of first impression, and emphasizes the importance of investigating the digital footprint of potential jurors during voir dire.

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