§6.11 Juror Testimony and Affidavits Barred

C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §6.11 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018)

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-69

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-69

9 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2018

See all articles by Christopher B. Mueller

Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School

Laird C. Kirkpatrick

George Washington University - Law School

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article addresses the impeachment of jury verdicts under FRE 606(b). Such impeachment is generally barred based on juror testimony or affidavits. However, there are three primary exceptions where jury testimony is allowed. The article discusses the key Supreme Court cases of Tanner and Pena-Rodriguez. In the latter case, the Court held for the first time that the Sixth Amendment entitles a convicted defendant to show that the jury relied on “racial stereotypes or animus to convict.”

Keywords: : Tanner v. United States, Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, FRE 606(b), Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b), impeachment of jury verdicts, juror testimony to impeach verdicts

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Christopher B. and Kirkpatrick, Laird C. and Richter, Liesa, §6.11 Juror Testimony and Affidavits Barred (2018). C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §6.11 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-69; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-69. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277060 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3277060

Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Laird C. Kirkpatrick (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
United States

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