The Columbus Dispatch article below examines the question of whether Ohio trial judges should allow questions by jurors. As readers of this blog know, I have long been a proponent of juror questions. By allowing questions, judges create a more active jury. In addition, they reduce the risk that jurors will take it upon themselves to turn to the Internet to look for information about the case. This risk has become all too real in the Digital Age where jurors routinely access the Internet to satisfy their curiosity. This idea was reiterated by one of the judges interviewed in the article who stated,
[j]urors are curious...I’d rather they ask their questions here in open court than leave and try to find information from a source they should probably not be getting information from.
To read the article in full go here.