Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Defendant Entitled to Hearing Regarding Juror's Non-verbal Communications With Husband in Courtroom During Trial


This link is to a federal decision granting a hearing to defendant following a murder conviction in which the trial court must investigate further a juror's non-verbal communications with her husband in the courtroom audience during the trial.  These decisions are becoming more frequent in which the trial judge's failure to conduct a hearing regarding alleged juror misconduct is found to be error.
The harmlessness of a juror's conduct can only be determined after a full-blown hearing.

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