Can Jurors Talk to Lawyers After Trial In Texas ?
In Jackson v. State, 992 S.W.2d 469, 475-76 (Tex. Crim. App. 1999), we noted that our case law clearly holds that "the refusal of any or all of the jurors, after their discharge, to talk to appellant's counsel or to sign affidavits relating to conduct in the jury room violates no statute and does not authorize reversal".
We also noted that no error occurs when jurors are informed that they are under no obligation to talk to defense counsel. Id.
Counsel had the right to pursue an investigation on appellant's behalf and nothing prevented him from contacting the jurors and attempting to elicit information from them.
However, nothing in the law obligated the jurors to cooperate with the defense investigation either. See id. Appellant was not deprived of the effective assistance of counsel or due process of law because he was not prevented from doing something he had the legal right to do. Jackson, 992 S.W.2d at 475-76; see also Tong v. State, 25 S.W.3d 707, 714 (Tex. Crim. App. 2000).