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Preventing Juror Misconduct In A Digital World: A Comparative Analysis, Thaddeus A. Hoffmeister Jun 2015

Preventing Juror Misconduct In A Digital World: A Comparative Analysis, Thaddeus A. Hoffmeister

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This article examines the reform efforts employed by common law countries to address internet-related juror misconduct, which generally arises when jurors use technology to improperly research or discuss a case. The three specific areas of reform are (1) punishment, (2) oversight, and (3) education. The first measure can take various forms ranging from fines to public embarrassment to incarceration. The common theme with all punishments is that once imposed, they make citizens less inclined to want to serve as jurors. Therefore, penalties should be a last resort in preventing juror misconduct.

The second reform measure is oversight, which occurs in ...