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Old 30th Jul 2013, 08:20
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rusty sparrow
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Suffolk
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Jury service

Two jurors jailed for two months yesterday for contempt of court. One for one for sending a Facebook message that he wanted to “F*** up a paedophile” after discovering that he was on the trial of an alleged sex offender, the other because he used the internet to research the case he was sitting on as a juror at Kingston Crown Court."

The second juror, Joseph Beard, was frustrated because of lengthy delays in the trial process and wanted to be back at work to earn money to pay for his wedding. He will now lose his job.

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I've got a lot of sympathy for Mr Beard. Two months, of which at least one will be behind bars, is well over the top. Expense on jury service are capped at around £70 per day (last time I looked) and anyone self employed can easily lose several thousand pounds during a trial of a couple of weeks.
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