People v. Bohl
Following a four-day murder trial, a deputy district attorney who was not involved in prosecuting the case sent a text message to the wife of the jury foreman asking her to relay information about his performance during the case. Following the communication, the People filed a “Notice of Juror Contact” with the trial court.
In response, counsel for defendant Joshua Thomas Bohl filed a motion for a new trial.
Bohl also requested alternatively that the court hold a hearing on the incident and release the jurors’ contact information. Following a hearing with the jury foreman and his wife, the court did not address the request for jury contact information and denied Bohl’s motion for a new trial and later sentenced Bohl to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Bohl appealed the trial court’s decision denying him access to juror contact information. The Court of Appeals affirmed. Because the record lacked evidence of jury misconduct, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in declining to release juror contact information.