Jury Instructions are Serious Business

As a family law attorney, I don’t get to try cases in front of jurors. However, as a legal-geek, jury trials do fascinate me. We just had a development in a local Spokane case that illustrates just how serious the jury instruction not to talk about the case is taken by the Court. A juror was tossed off a high-profile case in Spokane today for discussing a prosecutor’s comb-over at a social gathering. The link to the Spokesman Reviewarticle is here.

Even though the comments made by the juror were pretty benign and apparently meant innocently,he was tossed off the panel. Moral to the story is that if you are juror, even non-substantive social chit-chat-type comments are off limits.