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Lang v. Bobby

Midway through a state-court murder trial, the court discovers one of the jurors is the victim’s niece. Oops! The niece is dismissed, and the trial goes on after the judge asks the jury as a group whether the dismissed juror had talked to any of them and receives no response—which might have been error on a direct appeal in federal court, says the Sixth Circuit (over a dissent), but isn’t enough to warrant habeas relief.


Tags: 2018, Due Process, Habeas Corpus, Sixth Circuit

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