Sticking with yesterday's theme of improper contact with a sitting juror, a Louisiana woman (Alicia Tucker) was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to commit jury tampering. The tampering occurred during a three-way telephone call from jail involving the prospective juror, Ms. Tucker and Ms. Tucker's son (LaMondre Tucker) who was on trial for capital murder. Ms. Tucker and her son wanted the juror to change her earlier voir dire testimony about the death penalty and knowing the defendant so that she could sit on the defendant's jury trial.
From the press reports on this story, it appears that the 15-year sentence handed down to Ms. Tucker was excessive in light of her actual role in the jury tampering. I think part of the problem here is that jury tampering arises so infrequently that judges are not really sure what would constitute an appropriate sentence. With that said, 15 years is way too high.