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Submission + - US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct 1

aesoteric writes: The explosion of blogging, tweeting and other online diversions has reached into U.S. jury boxes, in many cases raising serious questions about juror impartiality and the ability of judges to control their courtrooms. A study by Reuters Legal found that since 1999, at least 90 verdicts have been the subject of challenges because of alleged Internet-related juror misconduct — and that more than half of the cases occurred in the last two years. Courts were fighting back with some judges now confiscating all phones and computers from jurors when they enter the courtroom.
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US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct

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  • I would have thought cellphones/etc would have been automatically confiscated in _every jurisdiction already. Peculiar this is coming up at this late date. Seems the screening process (voir dire) would have eliminated electronic interruptions.

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