Do jurists really not talk about cases with their loved ones?
August 25, 2010 10:04 AM Subscribe
I am a juror in a criminal case. I'm really considering: a.) talking to my wife about it; and b.) googling a couple things related to it. Just how bad of a citizen am I? Will I get caught?
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I just served my first day of jury duty in a case. Without giving away any detail, the case involves the failure, or infallibility of, a machine. There are some interesting personalities involved, but it's fairly local, victimless and insignificant.
The hearing is to continue tomorrow, and the judge sent us home tonight with the admonishment to refrain from talking about, visiting locations from, or researching anything pertaining to this case. Boilerplate stuff in this age of unlimited information, I'm sure.
My wife and I, like most partners, I assume, share pretty much everything, and I'm dying to tell her all about it when she gets home from a class tonight. There are really funny lawyers, other jurors, and many other things I know she'd really enjoy hearing about. Plus of course I just want to hear her opinion on it.
Furthermore, I can't help but be interested in other cases involving the aforementioned machine. I know as a juror, I'm supposed to only consider what is presented in court, and I think I can, for the most part. But I'm the kind of person who reads movie plots on wikipedia before I see the film sometimes, and I'm having a hard time resisting the urge to see if this defense has been previously used.
I'm wondering, do other people do these things? Is something wrong with me? And is it possible the defense lawyers could look me in the eye tomorrow and ask if I did any offline evidence collecting, forcing me to lie or be hauled away in handcuffs for contempt?