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Calif. juror ordered to turn over Facebook posts

A journalist uses the new Facebook Deals application on a mobile phone at its official launch in London. (REUTERS)


A California judge has ordered a juror to turn over Facebook messages he posted during the trial of several alleged gang members.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny said Friday that Arturo Ramirez could face jail time if he doesn't give Facebook permission to disclose the postings within 10 days.

Defense attorneys had requested the disclosure to determine whether Ramirez was influenced by any outside communication.

The five alleged gang members were convicted last year in the 2008 beating of a man at a gas station. They have yet to be sentenced.

Ramirez's posts allegedly characterized the evidence as "boring" and revealed he was on the jury.

His attorney says the judge's order an invasion of privacy and told the Sacramento Bee that he planned to appeal.