LinkedIn Search Nearly Upends BofA Mortgage Fraud Trial

Law360, New York (September 27, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT) -- A first-year associate on Friday came close to derailing the high-profile Manhattan fraud trial over a Bank of America Corp. unit’s mortgage lending practices, after a juror complained that the attorney had cyberstalked him on LinkedIn.

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff admonished defense attorneys after a juror sent him a note complaining “the defense was checking on me on social media.”

“It was a good faith misunderstanding,” defense lawyer Marc L. Mukasey of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP told the judge.

After raising concerns about whether...
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