Dhould Jurors Speak Out? This New York Judge Thinks Not


Should jurors reveal what transpires during deliberations? New York state criminal court Judge Dan Lamont made it clear that he doesn’t think so, following a verdict last week in the rape trial of a parole officer in Albany, according to the city’s Times-Union. When Assistant District Attorney Shannon Sarfoh asked to speak to the jury once the verdict was announced, Lamont replied, “One thing I always wanted to tell juries, that the court does not sponsor or have any opinion as to whether lawyers should speak to jurors but that they don’t have to do it and since the jury room is their domain, I’m not really sure that counsel after a long trial like this should invade their domain.”

“They’re also going to be told that the law jealously guards all trial jury deliberations,” Lamont continued. “What you said, what your fellow jurors talked about, what you decided should and remain locked in the secrecy of which is which has surrounded your trial juror deliberations. That’s been in the script for 30 years. So I think if you want to ask them what the vote was, which I said I’d do here, that’s probably OK … If you ask them what jurors voted what way, I think they have no business telling you.”

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