1 – Elements and Case Citations
Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal summarized the standard to strike a juror for cause as follows:
“Florida law requires that a jury be free of “any element of prejudice for or against either party,” Matarranz, 133 So. 3d at 484. To achieve such a laudable goal, “[a] juror must be excused for cause if any reasonable doubt exists as to whether the juror possesses an impartial state of mind,” Smith v. State, 699 So. 2d 629, 635 (Fla. 1997). When evaluating a for-cause challenge, the trial court must look to the “questions posed to and the answers received from the juror to determine whether the juror’s responses are ‘equivocal enough to generate a reasonable doubt’ as to the juror’s fitness to serve.” Hedvall, 283 So. 3d at 912 (quotation omitted)…
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