Except no one has proven that the defendants in this case actually are lawbreakers. That's why there is a trial, and as it stands an unfair one to the accused. That should concern anyone in the US, not just "freetards".
As a reader of HuffPo I certainly deserve a cut of the $315 million as well. Without me there would be less of an audience and it would therefore be less valuable. I give a lot of time and attention to reading and my time is valuable dammit! I demand my cut because someone else profited from my time and energy off of something I helped create. I expect to be repaid quickly or the internet should band together to picket HuffPo.
How is extra research necessarily evidence? Perhaps they just want to find out more about a witnesses background or how they relate to the case at hand, or have follow up questions on something they did not understand that neither side touched on. I think the subject is much more open-ended that you're allowing yourself to think.
And how did you make the jump from the jury being allowed to research on their own to being forced to research on their own?