Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Scott Silverman declared a mistrial in a civil fraud case Wednesday after being informed that a witness on the stand had engaged in text-messaging with his boss, who was sitting at the plaintiff table, while the judge spoke with attorneys during a sidebar conference. The texting incident occurred amid a growing debate within the legal community about the potential negative impact of new technology in the courts.
Mistrial Declared Over Executive's Texting From Witness Stand
Daily Business Review
May 15, 2009