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n a certain number of citizens selected according to law and sworn to inquire of certain matters of fact and to declare the truth on evidence submitted to them.
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Jurors really appreciate the ability to fill out questionnaires electronically and check their reporting status whenever they please.
In place in most of the 94 federal court districts is the Integrated Voice Response system, an automated messaging system that can send email alerts, phone calls, and text messages reminding jurors to fill out questionnaires or to show up for jury service.
The review found that one juror had discussed the case with a third party and researched awards for damages in similar trials after being sworn in and before jury deliberations began.
After the verdict, the juror also agreed with a Facebook follower, C.
Cordy wrote that access to information about jurors "promotes confidence in the judicial system by, among other things, providing an independent nongovernmental verification of the impartiality of the jury process, and educating the public as to their duties and obligations should they be called for jury service.
The ruling stated jurors names may be kept private only when there is "good cause," and said, "A judge's personal distaste for press interviews of jurors is accorded no weight in this balancing.
20) All of this conduct occurred despite the explicit instructions of the district court, "which had admonished the jurors not to conduct any outside research about the case, including research on the internet.
It is true that courts have been known to adopt a few other before-the-fact safeguards, such as prohibiting the use of electronic devices in the courthouse, (24) sequestering the jury, (25) and fining jurors or holding them in contempt of court.
According to conventional wisdom, even if jurors with relevant occupational expertise appear in the venire, they are likely to be removed.
Jurors typically receive no guidance on how their own expertise, as opposed to witness expertise, should be handled.
The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below," said the statement.
The problem of outside influence on jurors is no longer confined to high profile cases that are covered in the press or other media.