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Search ordered on juror’s computer drive to see if she violated Web research ban

Feb 19, 2013, 08:16 pm CST

Terri Wright says a Florida newspaper reporter misunderstood her when he said in an article that she conducted Internet research while serving as the forewoman of a jury hearing a 2011 drug case against a Grammy-winning reggae star.

But a federal judge in Tampa plans to have a forensics expert review the hard drive of Wright’s computer to find out whether there is a basis to claims by counsel for Buju Banton that their client should get a new trial over her Web surfing, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Wright, whose lawyer objected to the review at a Tuesday hearing before U.S. District Judge James Moody, said she conducted research only after the trial was over. Her hard drive also contains information about her tax returns and her son’s college applications, but the judge has said the expert can only provide defense attorneys for Banton with relevant information.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Judge Rescinds Order to Seize Home Computers of Juror Accused of Web-Surfing During Trial”

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