Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star serving a 10 year prison sentence after two federal trials, may have a new chance at freedom. The first trial ended in a mistrial when the jury could not reach a verdict. Buju was represented in both trials by everyone's favourite federal blogger: David O Markus.
Now comes word that the forewoman of the second jury conducted improper internet research into the case during deliberations. The Tampa Bay Online article is here.
NB: the statement by DOM that when the jury went out they were 10-2 for acquittal.
This business of internet access by jurors is just going to get worse, which brings the "S" word- sequestration- back into play. And that costs money, which no politician/chief judge will be willing to pay. And yet we sequestered jurors in big cases for decades, when there were no cell phones and the only worry was the daily paper.
Query: Should juries in serious cases (whatever that term means) be sequestered? And if so, when? When the trial begins, or when deliberations begin?
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