Friday, July 25, 2014

Juror Does Internet Research During Deliberations, Replaced With Alternate; Conviction Reversed

During deliberations a juror (A) conducted Internet research on the background of the defendant and switched their vote, but did not share the research with the other jurors.    This juror (A) was also found to have been threatened with a punch to the nose by another juror over this misconduct.  As allowed in NJ, Juror A was replaced with an alternate and deliberations ordered to begin anew.   Appellate court questioned this as the jury had already reached a verdict on one of the counts charged.  Conviction was reversed by the appellate court.
New Jersey v. Lloyd and Cade, published 7-18-14.

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