New jury video tackles smartphones

Last week, I wrote about a Snohomish County child sex case that ended in a mistrial after a juror disobeyed the judge’s orders and did his own online research.

The case highlighted an increasing concern about the potential for more mistrials because jurors are used to being connected to instant sources of information. Judges here warn jurors to avoid social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, which could contain information about the case that jurors are ordered to avoid.

The same week the story ran, the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit announced that a new jury orientation video had been created. The 18-minute video replaces one made years ago, which doesn’t address such issues as jurors’ use of smartphones and other electronic devices.

The new video is being distributed to jury administrators in the 15 U.S. district courts in the Ninth Circuit, which includes Washington. It explains the jury selection process and includes comments from retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a number of former jurors.

The video can be viewed here.

More in Local News

District takes steps to secure school campuses

Safety measures have been enhanced at Hawthorne and Silver Firs elementary schools in Everett.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

County under flood watch; back-to-back storms promise heavy rain

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Monday for… Continue reading

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Yes to turn signal — eventually

Adding a right-turn signal at 112th St. and 7th Ave. is turning out to be a bit more complicated.

Cleaning up after other people’s messes

Snohomish County program recycles derelict RVs abandoned on roadsides and in homeless encampments.

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

Front Porch

EVENTS Gingerbread house construction Gingerbread house workshops for families will be held… Continue reading

Most Read