Everybody who is accused of a crime in our country is entitled to a fair trial before an impartial court. This is why influential businessman, John Goodman, will be having a second trial in his DUI case in Florida. As previously reported on this blog in September, the cause of the new trial order was juror misconduct. Now that the second trial is underway, another incident of juror misconduct has been raised.
As a result of the original trial, a juror was convicted of misconduct and even sentenced to spend time behind bars. During the jury selection phase of the retrial, one potential juror was arrested for searching the Internet for information regarding the case. Allegedly, this prospective juror then spoke to another individual on the jury panel about what he had reportedly discovered online. Misconduct by jurors can easily infringe upon the rights of an accused individual, particularly in a case with broad-based media coverage.