Miles v. State

In Miles v. State, 261 Ala. 670, 75 So. 2d 479 (1954), the Court held that a defendant was entitled to a new trial because the sheriff, a deputy sheriff, and a highway patrol officer had walked with the jury to a cafe, had eaten at the same table with the jury, and had walked back to the courthouse with the jury. The Court held that the possibility of influence exerted on the jury by those three men required a new trial. In Miles, the Court also stated that there was testimony indicating that the officers and the jury had not engaged in any conversation regarding the case; however, that fact was not dispositive.