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A Snohomish County deputy prosecutor couldn't bring himself to force a 6-year-old girl to take the witness stand again to testify against her father -- the man accused of raping and molesting her.
The case was strong against the Bothell man. Eleven jurors had believed he was guilty before a mistrial was declared.
One juror had played by his own rules, ignoring repeated commands by the judge to only consider evidence presented at trial.
After the first day of testimony, the juror launched his own investigation.
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In the past, judges warned jurors to avoid stories in newspapers and radio and television broadcasts. Now, judges often have lengthy colloquies about what other sources of information jurors also should avoid, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and text messages.
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