Here's an article about how today's economic woes are hitting the jury box, possibly tainting jury deliberations. An increasing number of jurors around the country are begging off service because they're out of work or fear losing their jobs, and court officials are having "to call an ever larger pool of jurors to meet their needs."
One judge even wonders if an anxious juror, once seated, might try to reach a quick verdict instead of making a careful deliberation. "That's not the juror you want," he said. "That's not justice."