Jury Tampering Legal Definition: To unlawfully disrupt the independence of a jury member with a view to influencing that juror otherwise than by the production of evidence in open court. Related Terms: Tamper In R v T, "approaches were being made to two members of the jury" which prompted the trial judge to conclude that there had been jury tampering and the jury was discharged. The well-known American defence lawyer, Clarence Darrow was charged with jury tampering in 1911. At his trial, at which he was ultimately acuitted, it was aleged that he had tried to bribe two jurors of a pervious proceeding at which he had acted as defence counsel. In US v Rutherford, the court held that the fact of government agents glaring at jurors during a criminal prosecution could amount to jury tampering. REFERENCES: People v Clarence Darrow (1911) R v T,  EWCA Crim 1035 US v Rutherford, 371 F. 3d 634 (2004) Categories & Topics: Duhaime's Civil Litigation & Evidence Law Dictionary Duhaime's Criminal Law Dictionary Unless otherwise noted, this page was written by Lloyd Duhaime of Duhaime.org Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!