Juror and Defendant Guilty after Facebook Chat

June 14, 2011 - 9:29 AM

LONDON (AP) — A British juror and a defendant have been found guilty of contempt of court for discussing a drug and corruption trial on Facebook.

Prosecutors say juror Joanne Fraill and defendant Jamie Stewart communicated on the social networking site during the trial last year, with Stewart asking Fraill for details of the jury's deliberations.

Stewart was acquitted at that trial but was later charged with contempt. She denied the charge but was found guilty Tuesday by judges at London's High Court.

Fraill pleaded guilty to contempt. The pair face sentencing later.

The judges also will hear an appeal by one of the convicted defendants, who wants his sentence overturned on the grounds of jury misconduct.