A juror has been kicked off a child abduction and sexual assault trial after asking her Facebook friends to weigh in on the case.
According to The Sun, the unnamed woman posted details of the trial on the social networking website, before commenting: "I don't know which way to go, so I'm holding a poll."
What's more, she did so without specifying any privacy settings - meaning the Facebook posts were open to the public.
The incident has aroused particular contempt given the serious nature of the trial, in which three men are accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
"It defies belief," a legal source told The Sun. "She obviously has no grasp of how the judicial process works in this country."
Noting that the juror could have been charged with contempt of court, the expert added: "Not discussing trials is one of the most important things jurors are told and is essential for a fair trial."
In another recent Facebook blooper, Virgin Atlantic last month fired 13 flight attendants after they described the airline's passengers as "chavs" on the social networking site.