Tampa Federal Criminal Defense Attorney W.F. ”Casey” Ebsary, Jr. , notes that the New York Times has uncovered a rash of mistrials resulting from jurors using technology during voir dire (jury selection) and throughout the trial and deliberations.
During a federal drug trial in Florida a juror admitted that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet The judge had instructed the jury not to rely on evidence not presented in court. The other eight jurors had been doing the same thing. The judge declared a mistrial- pulling the plug on an eight-week trial.
Tampa Federal Criminal Defense Attorney on Juror Misconduct