This note synopsizes the Supreme Court's prior decisions regarding the adequacy of voir dire in capital cases surrounded by prejudicial pretrial publicity. This note will then discuss Mu'Min and explore the weaknesses in the Court's analogies to its prior decisions. Next, the note will propose arguments in favor of mandating content questioning. Finally, this note will explore possible nonconstitutional reasons for requiring content questioning in cases where juror partiality should be presumed.
Waddle, Cheryl A.
"Mu'Min v. Virginia: Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments Do Not Compel Content Questions in Assessing Juror Impartiality,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 25
, Article 9.
Available at: http://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/akronlawreview/vol25/iss2/9