Jury sequestration

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To sequester is to separate. In legal terminology, often a jury will be separated from outside influences during their deliberations. In more rare occasions, for example, during a highly publicized trial, a jury may be sequestered for the whole of the proceedings from the beginning of the trial until its conclusion.

In theory, the Judge's instructions on refraining from discussing the evidence and reading any third party material on the trial should be sufficient to eliminate any possibility of jury contamination, but the practice of sequestration ensures the integrity of the judicial process.

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