By Garth O'Brien | January 12, 2008
Filed Under Celebrity DUI
Washington County, Oregon. Matthew Roloff was arrested last June for DUI. Roloff took his case to a jury trial. Ah the wonderful jury trial. Jurors have a very simple set of rules to follow. Do what the judge tells you to do.
Roloff’s jury might have had learning disabilities or were deaf. At least one juror did some extra research on the Internet. Jurors are not allowed to consider evidence not brought forth during the trial. Extra “research” from outside sources is strictly not allowed.
The juror’s conduct triggered a mistrial, and Roloff avoids a DUI conviction. Somehow the judge was able to find Roloff guilty of refusing to provide a breath sample, and not keeping his vehicle within his lane of travel. Roloff had to pay fines for those violations.
Judge Letourneau had an opportunity to find the bad jurors in contempt of court, but Letourneau felt public humiliation was harsh enough. Seriously, making an example of them by letting the press report on this? Wow. I bet they have learned their lesson. Next time a lawyer violates a pretrial motion they will have to have serve time out? Good to know rules are enforced in Washington County courts.