The Texas Supreme Court issued a split decision recently that places even more power in the hands of trial judges to control the questions lawyers ask during jury selection.

Some lawyers believe the 6-3 opinion in Hyundai Motor Co., et al. v. Vasquez, et al. appropriately lets judges restrict questioning that threatens to disqualify too many venire members on the basis of bias. But other attorneys believe the decision guts the state’s voir dire procedures.

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