Juror Bias Voids Verdict: Mo. High Court

Law360, New York (February 12, 2010, 6:42 PM EST) -- If a juror makes statements revealing religious or ethnic prejudice during deliberations, the verdict should be tossed out and a new trial should be held, the Missouri Supreme Court has decided in a rare ruling on juror bias.

In the unanimous ruling handed down Tuesday, the state high court grappled with the so-called Mansfield Rule, which says a juror's claims of jury misconduct affecting deliberations cannot be used to nix a verdict.

But in cases where a juror has made comments showing ethnic or religious bias...
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