Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hartford Juror's Research on Internet Leads to Mistrial

The AP reports that a juror's use of the internet has led a Hartford judge to declare a mistrial in the case of a former school bus driver being sued for an accident that killed a pedestrian in 2006. Apparently the juror found evidence on the Web against defendant Robert Fountain that had been excluded from last month's wrongful death civil trial (evidence relating to a previous felony conviction and that cocaine was found in his system around the time of the accident). A new trial has been ordered, with jury selection beginning Dec. 1. He was convicted of negligent homicide and served five days in jail.

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