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Name: Merced v. McGrath
Case #: 04-15560
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 10/18/2005

Affirming the district court’s denial of a habeas petition, the appellate court held that the trial court did not violate the petitioner’s constitutional rights when it excused a prospective juror based on his belief in exercising the power of jury ification in appropriate circumstances. The trial judge was not obligated to flesh out in greater detail the juror’s remark about his belief in jury ification. Because the judge reasonably had a definite impression that the juror’s views would prevent or impair the performance of his duties as a juror in accordance with the instructions, his removal was appropriate.