Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in Brooks v. State, No. 73730-COA, 2018 WL 6134216 (Nev. App. Nov. 19, 2018). The issue we’re going to discuss is whether prejudice exists when jurors hear another juror, who wants to be excused, blurt out that he will find the defendant guilty, regardless of the evidence.
Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in State v. Whitaker, No. 75924-8-I, 2018 WL 5784812 (Wash. Ct. App. Nov. 5, 2018). The issues we’re going to discuss are the interactions between the bailiff and the jury; a juror’s request to be excused due safety concerns and his dismissal, and juror comments which may signal premature deliberations.