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Court makes a case for web whistleblowers

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Trial judges should tell jurors to blow the whistle on fellow jurors who bring extraneous research into their deliberations, according to a Court of Appeal for Ontario decision that may end up going to the Supreme Court.

In a rare look behind the common law and statutory secrecy shielding jury deliberations, the appeal court in R. v. Pannu [2015] ONCA 677 discusses how to deal with the growing propensity of jurors to ignore standard jury instructions that they must make their factual findings based only on...