e-Discovery 101: A Three-Hour Boor

J0442299 Jurors were texting, making cell phone calls and discussing the case with a bailiff during deliberations; and if that wasn't enough, a prosecutor posted a poem on Facebook with details about the case which was intended to be sung to the theme song from Gilligan's Island.

Some of these shenanigans resulted in a mistrial.

This is a criminal trial, folks.  Somebody's liberty is at stake!  I'm by no means a bleeding-heart (after all, I clerked at the L.A. District Attorney's Office during law school), but place yourself in the position of the defendant.  This isn't a trial – it's a three-ring circus!

It also begs the question; who lost control of this situation?