The use of BlackBerrys and iPhones by jurors gathering and sending out information about cases is wreaking havoc on trials around the country, upending deliberations and infuriating judges.
Last spring I was dismissed from a jury selection panel for an intriguing criminal case that included police officers from 2 counties and 5 towns. It sounded big, like a car chase, and included firearms and gangs. You can be sure I was online that night trying to figure out what event the case was about. Amazingly I found nothing. Maybe that stuff is normal in LA and not newsworthy.
As Jurors Turn to Web, Mistrials Are Popping Up - NYTimes.com