Female juror causes mistrial for thief by posting case on Facebook because she was bored in courtBy Mason White 12:37 PM November 4, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman in New York, was fined for causing a mistrial by posting details of a case on her Facebook page.
Kimberly Ellis a of Kew Gardens, Queens, was serving on a jury when she decided to take her opinion of the case to the public on social media.
One of Ellis’ Facebook friends happened to be a former federal and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office prosecutor, and she informed the court about the violation.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis punished Ellis by giving her a $1,000 fine. The judge also told Ellis that she cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in addition to the anguish she caused the victim in this case.
Ellis was on jury duty when a case was heard of a man who robbed a home. The victim was so traumatized about the home invasion, that she moved out of the state.
The victim came back to New York, to see justice being served. However, the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial over Ellis’ actions.
Ellis, who said on Facebook that she was “dying of boredom” in court, also wrote: “The other jurors don’t trust the police and want to outright dismiss the confessions as well as the majority of the evidence. Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult day.”
Ellis apologized for her actions. She also said that she is a single mother of 2 children, who has been working for JPMorgan Chase for 19 years. She said: “I am absolutely scared I’ll lose my job over this.”
“My former husband is disabled and I raise my two children. I fear that this will have an impact on them. I am very scared,” she added.