State Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) wants to pass a bill that makes it a felony for jurors to try and sell their story within 9 months of a trial. (source)
Apparently, Mr. Randolph, in his rush to score cheap points in a bill tagged with the Casey Anthony wand, forgot about Simon & Schuster v. Crime Victims Board, 502 U.S. 105 (1991). In that case, the Supreme Court held New York’s “son of sam” law unconstitutional. That law that made it illegal for a criminal to profit from selling his story.
So, Mr. Randolph, how the hell are you going to justify making the same thing illegal for a juror, who has done nothing wrong AND who has given up his or her time to serve on a jury? Oh, didn’t think of that, did you?