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Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado
Citation:137 S.Ct. 855 (2017)
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During voir dire, jurors affirmed that they would be fair and impartial. However, after the trial, two jurors informed defense counsel that a third juror made prejudicial statements about Mexicans during deliberations. The trial court denied the defendant’s motion for a new trial, holding that Rule 606(b) bars inquiry into a juror’s alleged bias during deliberations.
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