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Jacob Jock, 29, was kicked off a Sarasota County, FL., jury for sending a friend request to one of the defendants. The Herald-Tribune reports that Jock got bored during jury selection for a personal injury lawsuit case. He took out his smartphone and entertained himself by checking out the Facebook profiles of other people in the courtroom. When he got to Violetta Milerman, a pretty defendant in the case, he couldn't resist and friend requested her. Jock told the Herald-Tribune, "I accidentally friend requested her...I didn't think it was a big deal." Damian Mallard, an attorney on the case, thought otherwise: "[Jock was] very close to going to jail for all of this." After being dismissed from the jury, Jock announced the good news on his Facebook profile, "Score ... I got dismissed!! apparently they frown upon sending a friend request to the defendant... haha." It may not have been as funny for a Texas juror, who in August was sentenced to two days of community service for committing the same social media indiscretion.

The above booking photo of Jock was taken during a disorderly conduct arrest in June, 2011. He was not arrested for the friend request incident.
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