Rachel Costello of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports the latest development in a case that I’ve been covering on this blog because I was stunned that a judge could order a juror to consent to Facebook turning over his posts to the judge (subsequent coverage here, here, here, and here). The case is a significant one on a number of levels, not the least of which is that the five defendants in the criminal trial in question (the “Killa Mobb” case) are asking for a new trial after having been convicted of assault charges in a gang-related beating of a man in 2008.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeals to revisit the case of a Sacramento juror who was ordered to consent to the release of Facebook posts he had made during a criminal trial in 2010.
In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the California Supreme Court issued an order that extended Cantil-Sakauye’s stay and transferred the case back to the Court of Appeals for a full hearing.
In a separate development today, Kenny quashed the defense lawyer’s subpoena to Facebook seeking Ramirez’s posts.
Read more on RCFP.