Juries: Misconduct, Dictionary

Tapanes v. State, ___ So. 3d ___, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D2031 (Fla. 4th DCA 9/8/10)

The trial court abused its discretion by denying the criminal defendant’s motion for new trail because “a juror used a smartphone during a break in jury deliberations to look up the definition of ‘prudent,’ a term used in the jury instructions and during closing arguments.”