Sacto 9-1-1
July 3, 2012
High court grants stay in juror's Facebook posting case

The California Supreme Court has stayed a lower-court ruling that would have forced a juror in a Sacramento gang-beating case to make his Facebook postings that referenced the trial available for review.

The high court still hasn't decided whether to review a California 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling on May 31 that ordered the juror to make the postings available. Defense lawyers in a Sacramento gang case wanted to look at them to see if the juror was biased or had been influenced by his Facebook friends.

Sentencings of the defendants who were convicted in 2010 have been delayed for more than two years pending higher court rulings. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny last year ordered the juror to make his postings available to the defense attorneys.

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