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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:The appellant, a San Antonio police officer, was indicted for tampering with a governmental record by falsifying an offense report. During voir dire, the state prosecutor asked a prospective juror, “Do you believe there’s anything wrong with putting false information in a police report?” The defendant objected, arguing that it was an improper commitment question. The court overruled the objection. On the appeal from the conviction, the court of appeals held that the prosecutor’s question was an improper commitment question that should not have been allowed, although it found the error to be harmless. HOLDING:Affirmed. The court of appeals’ opinion said that the question at issue was comparable to the improper voir dire question in Lydia v. State, 109 S.W.3d 495 (Tex. Cr. App. 2003), which asked jurors whether they could believe a witness even if he had a criminal history. The court disagrees. “The question, ‘Do you believe there’s anything wrong with putting false information in a police report?’ did not ask for a commitment. Jurors are required to follow the law that makes it a crime for a police officer to tamper with a governmental record. Asking if they agree that the commission of such a crime is wrong does not commit them to resolve an issue of fact in a certain way. Rather, it inquires into the jurors’ general beliefs as to the wrongness of conduct that the law has made a crime. Such questions are common when jurors are assembled for trials of ‘victimless’ or ‘morals’ crimes. This is not to say that a party has a right to ask such a question. The issue before us is whether a trial court has discretion to allow such a question. We hold that it does.” OPINION:Womack, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Keller, PJ, and Meyers, Price, Johnson, Keasler, Holcomb, and Cochran, JJ., joined. Hervey, J., concurred in the judgment.

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