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Jury sequestration is the practice of isolating ("sequestering") a jury in order to prevent members of the jury from being accidentally or deliberately influenced by media coverage, rumors, and public opinion surrounding a trial or court case. Jury sequestration is exceedingly rare, but in cases where a media circus arises and harsh, misleading, or highly speculative media coverage is rampant, the judge may order that the jury be sequestered to maintain impartiality. In these cases, the jury is typically lodged in a hotel at court expense, and forbidden from watching TV, reading a newspaper, or accessing most of the internet. Jury sequestration was most famously ordered by Judge Lance Ito in the O.J. Simpson Trial, due to the intense media scrutiny of that case and the speculative environment surrounding it.

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