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  •  I was also on a murder trial (10+ / 0-)

    first vote, 11 guilty and 1 (me) not guilty.  I needed to review some of the evidence before making that guilty vote.  The poor guy had a public defender who actually did a credible job as far as that went, but in the end there was just too much evidence against the defender.  Had it been a death penalty trial I wonder if I could have been excused from the jury, and if so, does that bias color a jury pool?

    •  Dismissal (10+ / 0-)

      I don't know if there is grounds for dismissal based on your position on the death penalty. We did have one juror who was adamantly against guns and she made her position known and was released during voir dire.  Our first vote was split almost evenly and then we started going through the evidence piece by piece.
      I have to say the defense lawyers did their jobs quite effectively. They repeated and repeated how it "could" have happened and that became one jurors version of events, even though it contradicted 11 eyewitness accounts. Very republican idea - repeat a lie often enough and it become the truth.

    •  in some states, yes (5+ / 0-)

      for example, in Florida, the "death-certified jury."  Death Penalty Info Center - State by State

      for any trial in which death penalty was a sentencing option, the first question in jury selection would serve to exclude all potential jurors except those who:

      • Are not categorically opposed to the imposition of capital punishment;
      • Are not of the belief that the death penalty must be imposed in all instances of capital murder—that is, they would consider life imprisonment as a possible penalty.
      jury's decision must be unanimous.

      (this statute is under review currently.)

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