Published: February 1, 2012
Tags: juror misconduct
A criminal defendant who was an immigrant from Somalia was entitled to a new trial when it was revealed that a juror had conducted Internet research regarding his culture, the Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a sexual assault conviction.
Letters from jurors expressing their doubts about the defendant’s guilt and describing irregularities during deliberations were not sufficient to warrant a reversal of the defendant’s conviction, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled.
A juror’s vocational knowledge of medical records and informed consent as a physician’s office manager did not constitute extraneous prejudicial information necessitating a new trial, the Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled.