How Can Twittering Jurors Not be Cause for a Mistrial?
Jurors doing research on their iPhones and live-reporting their trials on Twitter are causing big headaches to the judicial system. After 8 weeks of trial in a federal drug trial in Florida, the Judge declared a mistrial.
Last week, a juror in a big federal drug trial in Florida admitted to the judge that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet, directly violating the judge’s instructions and centuries of legal rules. But when the judge questioned the rest of the jury, he got an even bigger shock. Eight other jurors had been doing the same thing.
Sadly, "... the defense lawyer, Peter Raben, ... was told by the jury that he was on the verge of winning the case."
Why is a twittering juror any different? [More...]
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