Lack of truthfulness on jury questionnaires is a growing problem that's prompting calls for juror background checks. Jurors' criminal records are being discovered during or after trial, triggering mistrials and providing grounds for appeal. Prosecutors, in particular, are calling for more investigation into jurors' backgrounds. But the defense bar has expressed concerns that the tactic would give prosecutors more leverage at trial, chill juror participation and discriminate against minority jurors.
Now in Foreground: Jurors' Backgrounds
The National Law Journal
May 11, 2006
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