DAILY NEWS: Did Facebook Just Eat The Fumo Trial?


DAILY NEWS: “STAY TUNED for a big announcement on Monday everyone!” So wrote a blogging juror who’s been deliberating for five days in the public corruption trial of former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, in a comment posted Friday on his Facebook Internet profile. The posting by Juror No. 5 — Eric Wuest of suburban Collegeville — raised questions: Is a verdict imminent? Did Wuest have third-party discussions about the trial as a result of his postings on Facebook and Twitter social networking Internet accounts during the 15-week trial and the ensuing deliberations? Last night, Fumo defense attorneys NiaLena Caravasos and Peter Goldberger filed an emergency motion seeking an immediate suspension of deliberations so the judge could conduct “a delicate, but probing inquiry” of the juror Wuest’s actions. “Depending on the results, the lawyers wrote, “one or more jurors ought to be removed and possibly replaced.” MORE

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