CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Social media appears to be having an impact on jury selection in the Casey Anthony murder trial.
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. Prosecutors successfully challenged the seating of one candidate who they said had tweeted after a fender-bender, "Cops in Florida are idiots and completely useless."
So far, a dozen jurors have been selected. Circuit Court Judge Belvin Perry said that once 15 prospective jurors are chosen, he would like to start swearing them in.
The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008. She has pleaded not guilty and told police that a baby-sitter kidnapped Caylee.
The proceedings resume tomorrow.
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