Does every violation of a court admonition amount to juror misconduct and a new trial?

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The following is SM JUROR’s slideshare analysis of Stafford v. Burns, 241 Ariz. 474, 389 P.3d 76 (Ariz. Ct. App. Jan. 17, 2017).

Despite the court’s admonition not to discuss this medical malpractice case with anyone, a juror inquired about the evidence and asked other jurors in the elevator about it.   A court reporter heard the question and told the jurors to stop discussing the case.  She then reported the incident to the trial court.

The trial court questioned the juror, investigated the matter and then denied the motion. View our slideshare to see how the appellate court handled the juror misconduct issue.

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