Because of the private nature of the jury room, it is unclear how often juror misconduct occurs. Except for the rare instance in which one individual juror is flagrantly out of line, it is unlikely that misconduct will surface after a verdict is reached. After all, if there is one problem juror (a racist, a manipulator, etc.) the other jurors probably won’t wait until a verdict is reached to complain to the judge.
However, as has been written about recently here and here, many jurors blog about their jury service. While accounts of deliberations in jury rooms have always been available in high profile cases (there is always at least one juror who wants to speak to the media and get his or her 15 minutes!), juror blogs give attorneys of convicted defendants a window into how the client was convicted—and more importantly, grounds upon which to appeal if any misconduct is found.
In a case discussed by Ann Reed at Deliberations , a convicted burglar appealed his conviction on the basis of juror misconduct. The source: a juror’s blog in which he referred to the defendant as “Donald the Duck” and admitted to intimidating and manipulating his fellow jurors. He wrote in his blog: