If the trial court sua sponte declares a mistrial due to a juror’s internet research of legal terms, does double jeopardy bar a retrial on the same charges?

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If the trial court sua sponte declares a mistrial due to a juror’s internet research of legal terms, does double jeopardy bar a retrial on the same charges? You may be surprised.

Watch SM JUROR’s video analysis of the juror misconduct issues in Granada-Ruiz v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court of the State of Nevada, 134 Nev. Adv. Op. 57, 422 P.3d 732 (2018). Issues involve sua sponte declaration of mistrial, manifest necessity, internet research of legal definitions, online research, double jeopardy and less drastic remedies.

 

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