Juries: 30 Days to Sleep It Off

Serving on a jury is a duty of citizenship that involves a number of obvious obligations, among them being attentive and avoiding contact with any of the principals or lawyers in the case. Theodore Shead, 45, showed up this month in Miami to do his duty at the trial of an accused rapist, but during the lunch break he was seen talking to the defendant. At lunch, it turned out, he had had at least two martinis and, when the trial resumed, as is the martini drinker's wont, he fell asleep.

After a few minutes, the state attorney passed a...