Could Facebook Lead to a Mistrial in the 'Slenderman' Case?

Roughly an hour before a jury determined that Annissa Weier was not guilty by mental disease or defect, a Facebook user made a series of comments on WISN 12's Facebook livestream of court proceedings indicating that he knew a juror and implying that said juror told him that Weier would indeed be found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and spend three years in a mental health facility instead of ten years in prison.

Juror 1

At 8:32, after the Waukesha County Circuit Court announced that the jury had reached a verdict (but before that verdict was made public), the Facebook commenter indicates that because he knows a juror, he also knows the verdict.

Over the next few minutes, he continues to brag to other Facebook commenters that he knows the verdict, even going so far as to asking another commenter whether she wants to bet that the verdict will be not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

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He then assures another commenter that Weier is not going to prison.

Juror 6

At 8:44, after the verdict was announced (but quickly determined to be inconsistent and thus not final), the Facebook commenter gloats that his initial information--allegedly from one of the jurors--that he was right all along.

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