Judge finds juror committed ‘serious, willful misconduct’ for using standard dictionaries to look up a critical word during deliberations.
SANTA ANA – A juror was removed for misconduct Wednesday for using dictionaries to look up a word during deliberations in a trial to determine whether a twice-convicted child molester should remain locked up in a mental hospital as a sexually violent predator.
The juror referenced the word “likely” in a dictionary at home and brought another dictionary into the deliberating room, disobeying repeated admonishments from Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard King that jurors refrain from independent research. Full Article
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