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Summary: Nilgün Aykent Zahour analyzes the juror misconduct issues in Wallace v. Superintendent Unknown Banks, No. 3:15CV669-CWR-RHW, 2018 WL 3852624 (S.D. Miss. July 9, 2018), report and recommendation adopted sub nom. Wallace v. Banks, No. 316CV00669CWRRHW, 2018 WL 3846324 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 13, 2018).  The issues we’re going to discuss are text messages to a juror, jury tampering, improper communications, and procedural bars. 

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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.

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Share SM JUROR podcast episodes & videos with your colleaguesDoes the trial court abuse it discretion in denying a motion for new trial without an evidentiary hearing when a juror was texting on his cell phone during sidebars? You may be surprised. Watch SM JUROR’s video analysis of the juror misconduct issues in State v. …

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