Via text, jailed juror says judge too harsh
Apr 19, 2013
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 26-year-old Salem juror sent to jail for texting during a trial says — in a text — the judge was too harsh.
KGW-TV reported that Ben Kohler sent a text Thursday saying he hadn't been smart and doesn't blame the judge for being upset. But, Kohler says, the lawyers weren't upset and two days in jail was too much.
Jurors are warned against using cellphones in court.
In an interview Friday, Kohler told The Associated Press that when the judge caught the glow from his cellphone he was looking at a response from his girlfriend about ride arrangements for the end of the court day Tuesday.
Kohler's ride, though, was in a van to jail, along with the suspect in the burglary case.
Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/
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