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Of ill-timed Facebook posts and chest pains

Time once again for “Don’t do that,” an occasional feature where we spotlight some poor decisions in recent legal news.


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We begin in Miami, where a confidential settlement was thrown out after it leaked in a most unusual way.

Patrick Snay had settled a discrimination suit against Gulliver Preparatory School, where he served as headmaster, for $80,000.

“The terms hinged on a confidentiality agreement that …required Snay and his wife to keep the ‘terms and existence’ of the agreement private,” according to the Miami Herald.

Mom and dad kept quiet. It was daughter Dana, a Gulliver grad, who blabbed. The Herald quoted her Facebook status:

Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.

Gulliver said the post was enough to void the settlement, and a Florida appeals court agreed. Patrick Snay can appeal the ruling.

I’m guessing Mr. Snay’s heart probably stopped when he heard what his daughter did. But in New York, a prospective juror’s heart almost did.

Nyima Dorjee, 39, was part of a jury pool when he complained to the prosecutor of chest pains and difficulty breathing, according to news reports.

A court officer apprised Justice Joel Blumenfeld of the situation, to which the judge reportedly said, “There’s a few more minutes left. They can wait.”

The court officer thought Dorjee needed assistance, however, and an ambulance was soon called. Dorjee was taken to a hospital where doctors determined he was having a heart attack.

While Dorjee would have every right to be angry at the legal system (not to mention entitled to a lifetime, get-out-of-jury-duty card), he took the high road.

“Jury duty is one of those things you have to do,” he said, according to the New York Post. “It’s part of a democracy.”