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John Burkoff on Jury Deliberations

Professor John Burkoff was quoted in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in connection with an unusual case of alleged improper influence on jury deliberations:
[Kristi] Fulgham was convicted last week of murdering her husband Joseph "Joey" Fulgham in May 2003 at their Longview community residence. During the sentencing phase of the trial, it was discovered that a bailiff left his Bible in the jury room. When he returned for it, one of the jurors asked if they could keep it. About 15 minutes later, the jurors returned with a death sentence. . . .
John Burkoff is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has written extensively on criminal law and is a nationally recognized expert on legal ethics. Berkoff said he's never heard of such a case. What the bailiff did was wrong, but beyond that, the issue seems to be focused on the damage done to the jury during its death sentence deliberation.
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