Daniel Medwed, a law pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, pointed out, how­ever, that jurors could be more engaged if they feel they are part of the trial from the start.

It kind of thrusts them into the process in a more active way,” Medwed said. “Are they giving more ques­tions because they’re more atten­tive, or are they more atten­tive because they’re told they can ask questions?”

As far as the pro­ba­tion trial goes, he said, “It’s a com­pli­cated case, so maybe the nature of the case lends itself to more questions.”

What­ever the cause or effect, the Pro­ba­tion trial jurors sought more details about the case.

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