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LIFE QUALIFICATION, AUTOMATIC DEATH PENALTY VOTER STATUS, AND JUROR DECISION MAKING IN CAPITAL CASES* by ProQuest

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For judges, there are the inevitable questions of whether to allow juror questionnaires, to grant a change of venue, and to allow individualized sequestered voir dire, as well as how much time to allow for voir dire, and especially how much latitude to grant in the questioning of prospective jurors. In fact, the justices ultimately deferred to the discretion of trial court judges to decide eligibility: "Despite this lack of clarity in the printed record, however, there will be situations where the trial judge is left with the definite impression that a prospective juror would be unable to faithfully and impartially apply the law" (Wainwright v. Witt, 1985, at 424-25, emphasis added).

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