Singing Jurors

Two different legal cases offer guidance on when singing jurors are considered grounds for a new trial, and when they're not. Details from the Virginia Law Register - April 1905.

WHEN THEY'RE NOT:

Where the jurors after retiring to consider of their verdict attempted to sing and one of them was unable to carry the "base," it is not ground for a new trial that a man who was not a member of the jury joined them and gave them "the proper air."

From the case Collier v. State

WHEN THEY ARE:

It is a ground for a new trial that the jury in a murder case upon retiring went to a hotel, got drunk, and in coming up to their room in the hotel sang "We are climbing up the golden stairs."

From the case State v Demareste La
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 22, 2022
     Category: Law | Music





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