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When on Jury Duty, DIY a No-No

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For all you DIY types, when it comes to jury duty leave those impulses at home. Three jurors whose conduct caused a mistrial in a murder case will have to pay for the trial. In a Tuesday hearing, an Ohio trial court judge ordered three jurors to pay for a mistrial after their “investigation” over a lunch break caused a mistrial. The judge ordered the three to pay a total of $6000 for the cost of the mistrial in the murder case against Christopher Brown.

Brown is accused of the March 9 shooting death of his friend, 25-year-old DeCarrio Couley. The three women visited the crime scene on a local street during a lunch break, a violation of the judge’s instructions. A fourth juror alerted the court. The judge also ordered the women to write letters of apology to their fellow jurors and to the families of the victim and the defendant.

Each of the three jurors had a different attorney for the hearing. The one chastised juror who first admitted the clandestine investigation was ordered to pay a slightly reduced fine as compared to that ordered for the other two. The judge did spare them jail time; they could have been sentenced to 30 days apiece.