Here is an interesting article about a juror whose online research led to a new trial for the criminal defendant. I like this article because it illustrates some very important points. Juror research is not relegated to just Digital Natives. The juror in this case was in his sixties.
The article also talks about why this particular juror conducted research. Many times people gloss over the "why." When courts better understand the "why" then they can truly address the problem of internet based juror misconduct. In this particular case, the juror, when asked why he conducted the research, stated that he "fell into work habits.” Apparently, this juror's job requires him to spend a lot of time researching products online. Finally, I like this article because it highlights the human toll a new trial takes on all the participants, especially cases like this which involve sexual assault.