facebook underwear Facebook underwear photo leads to murder mistrial

A US judge has declared a mistrial in a murder case after the defendant's lawyer posted a picture of the man's underwear on Facebook, marking one of the most bizarre cases where the internet has interfered in a trial.

A US judge has declared a mistrial in a murder case after the defendant's lawyer posted a picture of the man's underwear on Facebook, marking one of the most bizarre cases where the internet has interfered in a trial.

 
Fermin Reclade is accused of killing his girlfriend, Dora Rial, in Hialeah in 2010, facing a possible life sentence if found guilty, but the case will need to be restarted with a new legal team after lawyer Anya Cintron Stern shared the picture with a disparaging comment.
 
The underwear were displayed on Cintron Stern's friends-only Facebook page, accompanied by a caption suggesting that Recalde's family thought wearing underwear to trial was appropriate. One of Stern's Facebook friends saw the post and reported it to the judge in the case.
 
underwear Facebook underwear photo leads to murder mistrial
 
For those wondering how the lawyer got a picture of the briefs in the first place, it occurred when the accused's family brought a bag of clean clothes in for him to wear during the trial. The clothes were inspected by correction officers and the lawyer decided to take a picture – exactly why is anyone's guess.
 
Recalde sought to have his lawyers sacked several times, but was unsuccessful, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial. The lawyer has since been given the boot and a new trial date will be set. Unfortunately this means that Rial's 16-year-old daughter, who was home at the time of the murder, has to testify again.