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Juror Questions

When I was a young lawyer, jurors were not routinely allowed to ask their own questions of witnesses. When the jury instructions and other trial rules were modified to make this a regular feature of trials, most of us came to believe that juror questions were an important and useful change to the way trials unfold. In my experience, jury questions corroborate the seriousness with which our citizen juries work.

That doesn’t mean everyone is always happy about it.

A Florida judge refused Monday to toss a juror who attorneys for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital said had clearly shown bias and an unwillingness to consider the evidence through his many questions to witnesses throughout the trial over the hospital’s care of Maya Kowalski, the child at the center of the Netflix documentary “Take Care of Maya.”

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