Juror Use of The Internet Results In Retrial In Seattle Rape Case
In the King County Superior Court, the jury foreman violated the judge’s order to not to conduct research on the case. Following two days of deliberation, the juror used the internet to look up the penalty for first-degree rape. The juror’s web research provided him with information that is intentionally withheld from jurors so that it will not affect deliberations regarding guilt. The foreman’s actions were uncovered after trial when the jurors met with the attorney to discuss the case and the foreman informed the defense attorney that he knew the penalties for the crimes because he had looked it up on the internet. The judge ordered a retrial of the five week case which would require the woman to testify again regarding the details of the assault and result in significant additional expense.
Read the Seattle Times article by Ken Armstrong here. . .