No Social Media For Barry Bonds Jurors

Memo to jurors of the Barry Bonds case: Don't talk about it on the Internet.

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Barry Bonds and the mystery surrounding his home run explosion is back in the news as the Federal Government is (finally) set to begin their perjury trial against him, and defense lawyers for Bonds are asking the judge to keep members of jury away from the Internet, at least when it comes to discussing the case.

Though it’s normal for jurors to be prohibited from discussing trials they are presiding over, this is perhaps one of the first times the social media sites we know and love have been named directly. Included in the defense’s request are the usual suspects of social media — Twitter, Facebook, as well as Google’s and Yahoo’s chat services, among others. Without these explicit restrictions, Bonds’ defense team doesn’t believe their client will receive a fair shot when his day in court comes.

KRON4.com, a local San Francisco channel, has the details (via TechDirt):

In addition to the standard instructions to avoid media coverage of the trial, the defense wants the judge to tell jurors “you must not communicate with anyone about the case by any other means, direct or indirect, such as: a writing, the telephone, e-mail, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, instant messaging, Blackberry messaging, I-Phones, I-Touches, Google, Yahoo, any internet search engine or any other form of electronic communication for any purpose whatsoever.”

Again, asking the juror to remain silent with respect to the case their responsible for is quite common, if not expected. This is, however, the first time (at least for this writer) social media sites were specifically named as disallowed communication conduits. That being said, considering the perhaps over-usage these services receive, naming them in a gag order-related request is only reasonable.

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No Social Media For Barry Bonds Jurors
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  • Marierose

    Sorry folks the attorneys are yielding those big bucks…. don’t be suprise if Bonds sent his money away with Greg’s attorney – she has
    that type of reputation. Sure I saw she wrote her book, but she does not mention Greg’s hidden money.

    Ask me more if you wish….

  • http://casegame.squarespace.com Allen Jones

    As part of my prison reform activism, I plan on standing outside the federal courthouse in San Francisco wearing my own design T-Shirt that reads: “IF BARRY GOES TO JAIL, THEN BASEBALL CAN GO TO HELL.”

    It is to conveigh my belief that MLB could and should have handled this matter.

    Furthermore, Major League Baseball and its fans might be pledging allegiance to hypocrisy in the federal government’s case against Bonds.


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