A post from the Mass Tort Defense blog highlights a real problem: jurors conducting independent research during trials. Indeed, in the case featured in the post, the juror conducted the research before the trial (after he received his summons to serve as a juror) but shared what he knew during deliberations. The result? A reversal of a defense verdict.
The blog post does a nice job summarizing Russo v. Takata Corp., 2009 WL 2963065 (S.D. 9/16/09). You can read the entire opinion here.
Here is an excerpt from Sean Wajert’s summary: