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Unplugging the jury

Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By Tyler Smith

In modern jury trials, courts and counsel must be on guard against extraneous material entering the jury room.

This is becoming increasingly difficult where each prospective juror is accompanied by at least one device wirelessly connected to the Internet. Jurors regularly report for duty fully equipped with phones, tablets and even smartwatches to help them pass the time.

Prospective jurors can spend several days isolated in the courthouse awaiting the selection process. Other than drinking bad coffee, there is little for them to do.

I recently...