Investigating The Issue Of Tampering

998 WordsAug 23, 20164 Pages
1. Issue/Purpose On February 24th 2016, it was released that a mother – Hina Rizvi (46), whose son - Muhammed Ali (23), was on trial for attempted murder a year prior have both been indicted, for jury tampering in his case. The tampering of the jury members in his trial led to a mistrial, after four weeks of the case (Mongelli & Fears, 2016). The purpose of the following briefing paper is to discuss the issue of tampering with jurors, and to do so the paper will provide information on the forms of tampering, the prevalence and relevant statistics of tampering, as well as legislation placed against the actions. The information provided will use Australian and American data, as this is where the majority of information is based. 2. Background 2.1. What is Jury Tampering? Jury tampering is defined as the crime of attempting to influence a jury or a single juror though other means than the evidence presented in court, such as conversations, bribes and interference outside of court ("Jury Tampering Law & Legal Definition", n.d.), in order to discredit jurors of their duty. 2.2. Forms of Jury Tampering In spite of the fact that the definition of jury tampering is rather basic, and the thought of it happening in a case is trivial, it is somewhat a common occurrence despite jurors expecting to remain impartial and unbiased in their decision making (Fordham, 2010). There are a range of factors that can lead to jury tampering, the most recognizable is being pressured to vote a
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