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St. Petersburg man wrongly ID'd on Facebook and Twitter as Casey Anthony juror

ST. PETERSBURG — Doug Bliss was shopping for groceries Thursday evening at his local Publix when his cell phone rang.

The female voice on the other end sounded nice enough.

"The gal said to me, 'Hi, this is so-and-so from Good Morning America,' " Bliss said. "I'm calling to get your reaction to the Casey Anthony trial."

Bliss was shocked. Why was a TV morning show calling him? And why did they care about what he thought of the trial? He asked just that of the woman, who identified herself as a producer in New York.

"It's all over Twitter that you've been outed as a juror," the woman said.

Bliss couldn't believe what he was hearing. The 57-year-old wasn't a juror, and hasn't even spent any time in Orlando lately. In fact, he said, he didn't even keep up with the case.

"I didn't read about it, I didn't watch it," Bliss said. "I said, 'I don't know what you're talking about. I'm not the guy.' "

Bliss handed the phone to his wife, Karen.

Karen Bliss, a broadcast software vendor, used to work at TV stations. She spent a few more minutes on the phone with the producer, who was able to tell her where to find the information on Twitter.

Sure enough, when the couple got home later that night, they found Bliss' name splashed all over the Internet.

On July 6, a day after the verdict, someone using the handle @sexxxykarin wrote this on Twitter: "Follow this link to see one of the Casey Anthony jurors EXPOSED!'' She encouraged people to retweet it to "let his identity be known.''

@tiffanyonkst wrote: "One juror in #caseyanthony has been outed on thedirty.com. Doug Bliss.11 idiots to go! Look for him to eat chili w/casey at moms 2morrow!"

The tweets linked to a website where someone had posted photographs of Bliss under the headline: "Doug Bliss Is One Of The Twelve Stupidest People Walking In America Right Now." Bliss said he had never seen the photographs used on the website, but believes they were taken more than a year ago at a benefit where he played guitar.

As of noon Friday, 78 comments had been left on the post, and more than 500 people had "liked" it on Facebook.

Bliss and his wife are bewildered. They said they have no idea why anyone thinks Doug Bliss was one of the jurors.

They believe that a man who called them Wednesday night asking about the trial also may have been someone from the media.

The couple said they called police about what has shown up online, but authorities told them there was nothing they could do because no one has threatened them directly.

But the couple said the experience is still unsettling.

"We're freaked, to put it mildly," Karen Bliss said. "It's bizarre."

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@sptimes.com of (727) 893-8643.

St. Petersburg man wrongly ID'd on Facebook and Twitter as Casey Anthony juror 07/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 10:22pm]
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