How Facebook Can Help You Get Out Of Jury Duty

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Lawyers are now using Facebook to weed out potentially problematic jurors. UFO enthusiasts, amateur sexperts, and keg-standing college students, you'll never have to do jury duty again!

According to Ana Campoy and Ashby Jones of the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has become an important part of the jury-selection arsenal: "prosecution and defense lawyers are scouring the site for personal details about members of the jury pool that could signal which side they might sympathize with during a trial." And while some object to the practice, a few courts have upheld it as totally legal. One DA is even considering trying to get potential jurors to friend him so he can access even more of their data.

Some may see a privacy issue here, but we see a golden opportunity. Want to get out of jury duty? Just fill up your Facebook page with crazy shit (and make sure to make it public) right before the selection hearing. Want some suggestions? Take this:

David Cannon, a Los Angeles-based trial consultant, discovered on blogs that a potential juror in a personal-injury case had made extensive attempts to contact extraterrestrials. He recommended that his clients, who were representing the defendants, not select her. "It just showed an instability," he said.

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Or this:

Jury consultant Amber Yearwood in San Francisco found that one potential juror in a product-liability case last year held strident opinions on a host of issues, and dispensed unsolicited medical and sex advice.

So basically, reposting a bunch of Jezebel links should do the trick.

Searching For Details Online, Lawyers Facebook The Jury [WSJ]

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Well this is timely, I have jury duty tomorrow. It is the third time I have been called but the first time I have been in country and able to do it. I was excited until I realized I got called for my county court instead of my city court. Which means either rush hour traffic and a 45 minute drive or taking public transportation and having an 1:15 minute ride and paying 3.50 one way.

I am still excited to be part of the process for the first time but that did tamp down my joy some. Just gonna bring several good books and enjoy not working. Although it is tempting to loosen my facebook privacy settings. *grin*