Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ohio Supreme Court Reviews Standard for Granting Mistrial for Juror Misconduct

The standard for granting a mistrial for juror misconduct was the subject of oral arguments this week before the Supreme Court of Ohio.  During deliberations a juror conducted internet research and brought definitions of "manslaughter: involuntary" and "perverse" to deliberations even though the judge had declined to provide a definition for the latter term.  After discussing the matter with counsel and questioning the juror (as well as allowing counsel to question), the judge granted the state's motion for a mistrial.
Good article and links to briefs is at:

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