The 4th Circuit has lifted a $14,655 sanction against the lead trial attorney for Ford Motor Co. in a personal injury case that was imposed as punishment for peeking at jury room notes at the close of the trial. The appeals court found no bad faith or abuse of the litigation process and no violation of the rules because the case had concluded and jurors were gone. The panel noted that the problem could have been avoided if the court clerk had retrieved the evidence and distributed it to the lawyers.
4th Circuit Lifts Sanction Against Lawyers Who Peeked at Juror Notes
The National Law Journal
August 13, 2007