Clearwater, FL (CBSMiami.com) - There are lots of ways prospective jurors can be bounced off a jury panel. In the Clearwater jury selection for the murder trial of Casey Anthony, you can add Twitter to the list.
It's been slow going for attorneys trying to pick a total of 18 jurors and alternates who can fairly decide if Anthony murdered her daughter, Caylee. Now, in an effort to check out stories prospective jurors tell on the stand, attorneys have turned to tweets.
As prospective jurors answered questions Saturday about their background and qualifications to serve, lawyers instantly checked their responses against postings on online media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
It seems to have paid off. Prosecutors successfully challenged the seating of one prospective juror who they said had tweeted after a fender-bender, "Cops in Florida are idiots and completely useless."