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NC courts reminding jurors about conduct

Posted April 2, 2012

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— North Carolina's court system is posting rules in courthouses across the state to remind jurors about what they cannot do when it comes to communicating with others.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts said Monday that the move comes after conversations with employees in the state court system and from recent news headlines.

Last month, a Superior Court judge in Wake County ordered the State Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations that a juror was texting someone outside the jury about the progress of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Jason Young, who was found guilty March 5 of killing his wife in November 2006.

The SBI is still investigating the claims.

Two jurors in the case were dismissed prior to opening statements for talking about it, including one who posted on an Internet message board.

The poster, "Communication Rules for Jurors," features a cellphone with four rules written inside it:

1. TURN OFF your mobile devices while court is in session.
2. DO NOT talk to anyone, or let anyone talk to you about the case.
3. DO NOT receive or send electronic communications about the case.
4. DO NOT seek outside information from the Internet or other sources.

The advent of social media and more access to technology is becoming a challenge for courts across the country.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a report on how social media is making it easier and more tempting for jurors to break the rules and that lawyers are increasingly using it as a reason for appeals.

In December, a murder case in Arkansas was thrown out because a juror had been tweeting during the trial, and a Florida juror was held in contempt of court because he friended a defendant on Facebook, the newspaper reported.

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  • dollibug Apr 3, 2012

    +++++Seeing how many of the jurors of the Jason Young trial seemed to quote things that were said on Websleuths.com when they were interviewed after the fact during interviews, it's obvious that they let information that wasn't presented in the court room affect how they voted in the jury room.
    DontLikeTheSocialistObama

    Perhaps someone else decided the verdict for JY...maybe the jurors needed help on things that they were confused on and decided to get some input from someone else.....BUT I doubt, very seriously, if this happened....that the public will never know anything about it. They have to PROTECT their imagine in Wake County...you know???????

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 3, 2012

    Seeing how many of the jurors of the Jason Young trial seemed to quote things that were said on Websleuths.com when they were interviewed after the fact during interviews, it's obvious that they let information that wasn't presented in the court room affect how they voted in the jury room.

  • itsmyownopinion Apr 3, 2012

    "...just how the Judicial Systems work....or NOT.."

    dollibug

    We should know by now that the Judicial System does not always work...just note how many cases have been overturned after the Innocence Commission got involved.

  • dollibug Apr 3, 2012

    It will be interesting to "see" exactly what this "investigation" reveals....my bet is there will be "nothing revealed".....as we all know that Wake County Prosecutors worked really hard presenting the "illusions" of the doll fantasy play...so that they jurors would "get it right"....and instead of "thinking about all facts"....they did fall for it....and by the way.....a new book on OJ....and him being not guilty.....interesting story about his son killing Nicole and Ron....so...with this being released....it should cause quite a stir....on just how the Judicial Systems work....or NOT..

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 3, 2012

    There was no way that Jason Young was going to get an impartial unbiased jury in Raleigh for his second trial as much as the first trial was televised in this viewing area.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 3, 2012

    "++++"The SBI is still investigating the claims."

    Watch the videos, boys, and see for yourself what the jurors in the Young case said publicly after the trial. itsmyownopinion

    Proof is in the videos....seeing is believing what you hear... they provided first hand how exactly what took place... wonder what people are saying about this??????????????
    dollibug"

    The SBI and the judge doesn't want the investigation to find anything.

    As they say, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

  • nowon_yuno Apr 3, 2012

    The judge, or anyone for that matter can tell people what to do all they want. The culture of selective listening and instant gratification outweighs that now. People could care less about doing a good job as long as they can update their status every 15 minutes.

  • dollibug Apr 3, 2012

    ++++"The SBI is still investigating the claims."

    Watch the videos, boys, and see for yourself what the jurors in the Young case said publicly after the trial.
    itsmyownopinion

    Proof is in the videos....seeing is believing what you hear...
    they provided first hand how exactly what took place...
    wonder what people are saying about this??????????????

  • jackcdneh1017 Apr 2, 2012

    It was and is completely obvious that jurors in the Young case were guilty of using social media during the trial and were less than truthful about their pre-existing opinions of Jason Young during jury selection. This second trial should have been moved to a different venue since the first trial was televised. All one needs to know this is to listen to juror's comments after the trial. Justice in Wake County is a sham.

  • Uhavenoclu Apr 2, 2012

    Why don't they do it like the good ole days...During the trial they were put in a hotel,no tv only videos of movies,no newspapers except after the story of the trial they were on was taken out.No communication with the outside world,until after the trial.
    During deliberation they were kept in a room until they reached a decision.
    The whole jury on the Young trial should be charged if they were posting online.and the justice system should be charged with allowing them access.

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