bias of juror


bias of juror
A propensity or prepossession which does not leave the mind indifferent; it may be actual or implied-that is, bias in fact or bias presumed as a matter of law, as where the juror is a close relative of a party. 31 Am J Rev ed Jury § 172. Among the various matters which, at common law, were held to be principal cause for challenge, -that is, cause from which bias or partiality would be inferred as a legal conclusion, -were these: Consanguinity or affinity of the juror with either of the parties within the ninth degree; that the juror was godfather to the child of either of the parties; that the juror was of the same society or corporation with either party; or was tenant or "within the distress" of either party; or had an action implying malice between him and either party; or was master, servant, counselor, steward, or attorney for either party; or, after he was returned, he ate and drank at the expense of either party, or had been chosen as arbitrator by either party. Most authorities also held it to be ground for principal challenge that the juror had formed and declared his opinion touching the matter in controversy. Coughlin v People, 144 Ill 140, 33 NE 1.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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