A United States federal judge has reversed his own order that US Marshals seize the home computer of a former juror. Judge James Moody ordered Terri Wright to bring the hard drive of any computer to court in February.
Teri Wright had served on the jury that convicted reggae singer Buju Banton on a 2011 drug case. After the case she had given a Tampa newspaper an exclusive interview where she stated she did nightly online research. In the article she said when she got in her car she wrote down everything she could remember and then did an online search when she got home.
A previous hearing was held and Wright had testified she only researched after the verdict had been decided. The judge is now going to have her computer examined to see if she was in fact being truthful. Other former jurors are going to be questioned as to Wrights deliberations. Not only is it likely that the Banton will get a new trial Wright will face stiff penalties if it is proven she was lying to the judge.
Trial attorneys face a large problem with the internet. Online searches and social media are two of the biggest problems facing judges and attorneys now. Where it used to be impossible to research a point now it can done in a matter of minutes. Jurors are not allowed to do their own research for a number of valid and legitimate reasons.
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