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Death Penalty Conviction Overturned Due In Part to Tweeting Juror

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The Arkansas Supreme Court overturned a death row inmate's murder conviction, finding that one juror napped during the trial and another juror tweeted during the trial and deliberations.  This juror tweeted, "Its over," nearly an hour before the jury announced it had reached a verdict.  In addition to overturning the conviction, the court asked the Arkansas Supreme Court Committees on Criminal Practice and Civil Practice to consider whether "jurors? access to mobile phones should be limited during a trial."  My prediction? In a few years, if you're sitting on a jury, you are going to have to turn in your phone before you take a seat in the box or enter into deliberations.

Full post as published by ZiefBrief on December 08, 2011 (boomark / email).

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