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Name: Fields v. Brown
Case #: 00-99005
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 09/10/2007

The Sixth Amendment guarantees a criminal defendant a fair trial which is based, in part, on an impartial trier of fact, i.e., a jury willing to decide the case only on the evidence presented. In this case, the appellate court found that defendant was not denied an impartial jury merely because a juror’s wife was subjected to the same type of crime allegedly committed by defendant and the jury considered the foreperson’s notes about the pros and cons of capital punishment that included Biblical references and dictionary definitions.