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I'll admit I love Sudoku just as much as the next guy. The number game is a good pastime on car trips, it's something to do on your lunch break and it's like Mad Libs without all that, "I need a verb. Now a noun." nonsense.

Would I be willing to risk putting an innocent person behind bars because I was too busy figuring out the proper number sequence, though? Not likely.

But that's exactly what a few jurors in Australia have done.

The AP reported a judge put a hold on a drug conspiracy trial after discovering several jurors had been playing Sudoku, instead of listening to evidence, during up to half of the trial.  

According to the article, the trial was on its 66th day and had cost taxpayers about $950,000.

Those in the courtroom supposedly assumed the jurors were taking notes during the evidence process, but a few eyebrows were raised when they realized people were writing vertically, instead of horizontally.

A new trial will begin in a few weeks or so, according to the piece.

So what do you think? I'm sure listening to 66 days of conversation on the same topic would become tedious, but seriously?

I can't help but put myself in the defendants' shoes on this one. Guilty or not, I think everybody deserves a fair trial. And yes, that means leaving your activity books at home.