U.S. Supreme Court: Discharged Jurors May Be Recalled After Deliberations

Mealey's (June 10, 2016, 9:05 AM EDT) -- WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 ruled that jurors may be recalled to start over deliberations after they have already rendered a verdict and have been discharged by the court (Rocky Dietz v. Hillary Bouldin, No. 15-458, U.S. Sup.).

(Opinion available. Document #77-160622-001Z.)

In a 6-2 decision, the majority acknowledged that the chance of tainting jurors is “extraordinary” but said the “power is limited in duration and scope, and must be exercised carefully to avoid any prejudice.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayer authored the...
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