The following is SM JUROR’s slideshare analysis of Larkin v. George, 2016 IL App (1st) 152209, 65 N.E.3d 1002.
In this automobile accident case, the jury found in favor of the defendant. Plaintiff filed a post-trial motion arguing that (1) the court failed to timely instruct the jurors not to engage in their own individual investigations and (2) the jury reached a unanimous verdict based on extrinsic evidence of plaintiff’s pending criminal charges, which he claimed were “newsworthy in multiple media outlets.” Plaintiff wanted to examine the jurors under oath to prove juror misconduct. The trial court denied his motion. View our slideshare to see how the appellate court handled the juror misconduct issue.
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