Attorney General Dominic Grieve

Tuesday January 24,2012
By Allister Hagger

A JUROR who carried out internet research on a man whose case she was hearing was jailed for six months yesterday for contempt of court.

Lecturer Theodora Dallas, 34, discovered he had previously been acquitted of rape and told her fellow jurors, leading the trial at Luton Crown Court last July to be abandoned.

Greek national Dallas, who denied contempt, was at the time a psychology lecturer at Bedfordshire University, in Luton.

She disobeyed the judge’s instructions not to seek information on the internet, London’s High Court heard.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who brought the prosecution, said later on Radio 4’s World At One: “It is central to the fairness of our trial process that only what is heard in court should determine the jury’s verdict.”

The man was later retried for assault and jailed.

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