Are IPhones Causing Mistrials Nationwide?
According to a report in Tuesday's
The piece says that a federal trial in Florida this week had to be declared a mistrial as eight of the twelve jurors had been doing research on the case on the Internet.
The week before, "a building products company asked an Arkansas court to overturn a [US]$12.6 million judgment, claiming that a juror used
A similar incident happened in Pennsylvania on Monday--the defense lawyers asked the judge in a federal corruption case trial of a former Pennsylvania state senator that a mistrial be declared because one juror had posted updates on Facebook and Twitter.
I've never been on a jury, but if I did, I'd probably have my iPhone close at hand. So I can totally understand the temptation to do online searches about a court case, or heck, even Twitter about it.
So, this begs the question--how long until someone lets loose an