NJ Juror Fined For Causing Mistrial With Outside Research

By Bill Wichert (June 29, 2021, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday held a former juror in contempt for violating court orders and fined him about $11,227 after his impermissible outside research led to a mistrial in the case against a man accused of assaulting a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer.

U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler found Stephen Meile in contempt for conducting internet research related to the trial of Kevin Ruiz-Quezada and then sharing his findings with the other jurors, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on June 15, according to court documents and a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office...

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