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Facebook chat turns out to be really bad idea

disorder in the court

Facebook chat turns out to be really bad idea

Jurors, listen up: Associating with a defendant during a trial is not the ticket to the winner's circle. Ask Joanne Fraill of London. She faces up to two years in jail for same. Contempt, the court calls it. Fraill was caught discussing a trial on Facebook with a defendant accused of drug and corruption violations. Justice Igor Judge told Fraill on Tuesday that her behavior was, well, unacceptable. Prosecutors say Fraill, 40, and defendant Jamie Sewart communicated during the trial last year, with Sewart asking Fraill for details of the jury's deliberations. Sewart, 34, was acquitted but later charged with contempt. Fraill is the first juror in Britain to be convicted for using the Internet during a trial.

Lingerie ruling

King agrees that women know best

An oddity is no longer an oddity. Until the king of Saudi Arabia intervened, only men could sell lingerie to women in the kingdom, the London Telegraph reported. Saudi rules against "mingling" of the sexes at work mean that most shops have had male assistants only. Professional women finally got fed up with men who knew nothing about sizing up their bodies and started a campaign on Facebook. King Abdullah sided with the women. Now some jobs will be reserved for women only, including working in lingerie shops.

Psychic blues

They're over there, or maybe not

A Texas woman claiming to be a psychic was having an off day. She sent the local sheriff's department, the FBI and the Texas Rangers on a whirlwind hunt for dozens of bodies she said were buried at a home about 70 miles northeast of Houston. Nothing was found. A lot of embarrassment followed for everyone involved in last week's episode. Liberty County sheriff's Capt. Rex Evans said Tuesday that authorities won't file charges, though, because the woman did not act with malice or criminal intent. Just a bad crystal ball.

LOOK AT THE SAVINGS

Yes to woolly ones, no to lawn mowers

They're quietly efficient and won't send you a bill for keeping the grass cut. So the Carlisle Area School District in central Pennsylvania signed them up without a second thought. The district says it can save up to $15,000 a year by turning over some landscaping chores to the sheep owned by a middle school assistant principal, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported. The district is using the sheep to keep the grass near its solar panels neatly trimmed. The sheep nibble grass in the morning and take refuge in the shade of the panels in the afternoon. The district just supplies water.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources

Facebook chat turns out to be really bad idea

06/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:15pm]

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