"Called back into the same courtroom where they had sat in judgment of a murder case more than a year earlier, 14 jurors appeared individually before the trial judge to answer questions about aspects of their deliberations. Specifically, the hearing was intended to explore the possibility, raised by a defense motion, that racially biased statements had been made by several jurors during deliberations, and that these comments had prevented the defendant, a Black man, from receiving a fair trial."
Almost two years ago this month, I wrote a series of blog posts detailing my experiences as an expert witness on Cape Cod in the post-trial hearing of convicted murderer Christopher McCowen (see Part I of that original series). This was a unique and fascinating hearing, as it focused on the testimony of the trial jurors describing what had (or had not) been said during their heated deliberations in McCowen's case, even though what goes on beyond the closed doors of the jury room traditionally stays behind closed doors. Here's what I wrote about the high-profile hearing back in 2009: