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.