Friday, July 20, 2012
Retrial Results From Juror Bringing Extrinsic Evidence Into Deliberations
In a Washington wrongful death case, a juror told fellow jurors that families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan get $100,000 so no one else should get more. The trial judge determined that this comment did not affect the verdict. The appellate court reversed, discussing the objective standard which the trial judge should have used, ie. could the comments have affected the verdict.