Race Bias Can Be Probed Post-Verdict, DC Appeals Court Says

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that judges can investigate claims of racial or ethnic bias among jurors after jury verdicts are issued in order to preserve a defendant's constitutional right to an impartial jury.

In an issue of first impression, the appeals court said that while a so-called no-impeachment rule allows jurors to challenge verdicts only based on external influences like newspaper articles — not internal influences like juror beliefs — investigations into racial bias are allowed in “rare and exceptional cases.”...
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