Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More Mistrials for Juror Misconduct

A mistrial has been declared in Nashua, New Hampshire, after the judge determined that a juror researched information about the defendant during the first-degree assault trial, which had resulted in a conviction.  The news story I read makes no reference to the Internet, but I think one can reasonably conclude that the research was done on the Web.
Link: www.nashuatelegraph.com/news
Then search: Santos trial

Also a mistrial in Bergen County, NJ, after a juror brings to deliberations definitions of legal terms such as "reasonable doubt" and "preponderance of the evidence" that he found on the Internet.  The juror, however, avoided being found in contempt of Court.


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