Judge urges jurors not to do research
Before Judge Donald Molloy dismissed the jury for the afternoon, sending three jurors home to recover from various illnesses, he reminded them that they are not to talk to friends or family about the trial, they are not to read any news accounts, and they are not to Google anything related to the trial.The judge told the jurors about a story in the New York Times yesterday reporting on a Florida criminal case in which not one but nine jurors admitted they had been researching the case on the internet. The case was in its eighth week of trial; the Grace trial is in its fourth week, not counting voir dire. Judge Molloy mentioned the huge costs incurred by the United States as well as the defendants, and pointed out they were all for naught. “Now they have to start over,” he said. Everyone in the courtroom seemed to feel the weight of that possibility as they silently rose and watched the jurors leave for the day.
– Beth Brennan (posted 2:20 p.m.)
Posted: March 18th, 2009 under Law.