Originally Posted by OldGuy
Can the judge find a juror in contempt if s/he is a holdout and refuses to "deliberate." I realize contempt could not (I assume) be found for simply voting one way or the other, but suppose one juror simply refuses to even talk to the other jurors.
Can't see how--the jury room is pretty much sacrosanct; deliberations are as close as anything in the system is to being absolutely, inviolably confidential. Of course, jurors are generally free to discuss deliberations afterward, but I believe (without being certain, being no litigator) that a judge's contempt powers stem by common law from his duty to keep order in his courtroom; once the trial's over, I don't believe he can reach out and tap people retroactively for contempt.
All this aside, as a policy matter it would be a bad idea; it's hard enough to be the only hold-out on principle without having to worry that you could face criminal or civil sanction for doing so.