One of the most basic rights guaranteed to criminal defendants by our federal and state constitutions is the right to have a trial by a jury of one's peers. In such cases, countless hours of preparation, strategizing, and hard work go into trying to influence a jury to vote one way or the other. Very often a juror's vote determines whether a defendant walks away scot-free or serves a lengthy prison sentence. How tempting it must be, then, for a party to a criminal case to want to communicate privately or improperly with a juror or influence them to vote one way or the other.
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