My girlfriend had jury duty today. When it came time for a break, she asked the bailiff (or whoever watches over the jurors) where she could go to smoke. The bailiff led her down some stairs and out a back door. When she came back in (sooner than expected), she saw a kid in shackles being led up to the courtroom. Another bailiff saw her looking at the defendant and pulled her aside, and said, “Ma’am, you have just tainted the entire jury pool.”
How can simply seeing a defendant taint one juror, much less the entire jury pool?