In the recent case of Pena-Rodrigues v. Colorado, 580 U.S. _ (2017), the United States Supreme Court held that when a juror makes a clear statement indicating that he or she relied on racial bias in convicting a criminal defendant, the Sixth Amendment requires that the no-impeachment rule yield to permit the trial court to consider evidence of the juror’s statement concerning his or her racial bias and any resulting denial of the right to a fair and impartial jury trial.
To read Pena-Rodrigues click here.
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