A juror in New Jersey has to complete 20 hours of Community Service because she conducted online research and then shared her findings with other jurors. The judge in the case also declared a mistrial based on the juror's actions. While 20 hours of community service seems like a light penalty, judges are in a difficult spot in these situations because our system will not work if people fail to report to jury duty. According to the judge handling this case, "I must weigh the need to deter this behavior...against the justice system’s desire to encourage citizens to serve on juries."
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