Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in the case of People v. Bohl, 2018 COA 152, decided on November 1, 2018. The issues we’re going to discuss are the denial of a motion to access juror contact information to prove juror misconduct after an evidentiary hearing, text messages between a juror’s wife and an attorney which reveal a juror performed outside research, and the finding that a timeline of events is not extraneous evidence.
state rule 606(b)
Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in State v. Dressner, 2018-0828 (La. 10/29/18), 255 So. 3d 537. The issues we’re going to discuss are a juror’s alleged incorrect beliefs about the law, a juror’s mental processes, the Louisiana “Shield Law”, which is their state version of Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b), juror affidavits that are inadmissible under these rules, and the presumption that the jury follows instructions.