A man who went to the Hampden Hall of Justice on State Street on Dec. 4 to address a traffic ticket mistakenly wound up as a juror hearing evidence and deliberating in a brief District Court assault trial.
The trial was over and done, and jury deliberations complete in a matter of a few hours before the mistake was discovered. Now, the defendant in the case will receive a new trial.
The man, who spoke limited English, according to court officials, and who is not identified by name in court records for the trial, followed a court officer bringing a group of jurors selected earlier in the day back to the courtroom after a lunch recess.
One has to wonder what appened the original juror? Where did he/she go? And, really, none of he other jurors noticed?
Justice in American: strangers walking randomly into a courtroom and passing judgement on others.
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