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Jury – Selection – Bias / Disqualification – Doubtful Fairness: Equivocal Statement

State v. Nathaniel A. Lindell, 2000 WI App 180, 238 Wis.2d 422, 617 N.W.2d 500, affirmed on other groundsState v. Nathaniel A. Lindell, 2001 WI 108
For Lindell: Russell L. Hanson; Timothy J. Gaskell

Issue: Whether the prospective juror’s allowing, “I think I could” make a fair determination, established subjective bias.

Holding: The trial court’s ruling of no subjective bias isn’t clearly erroneous. 2000 WI App 180 ¶12.

Contrast, U.S. v. Gonzalez, 214 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2000) (juror’s mere assertion would “try” to be fair insufficient to dispel concerns of bias).

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