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Name: People v. Barber
Case #: B146793
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 6
Opinion Date: 09/19/2002
Subsequent History: Rehg. denied 10/16/02.
Summary

Where a jury was deadlocked in a first degree murder trial, the trial court erred when it asked questions of the jurors which revealed the identity of a lone holdout juror, by allowing the prosecutor to examine the holdout juror, and by allowing testimony only from those jurors who claimed that the holdout juror was not deliberating in good faith. The prosecutor’s inquiry risked pressuring the dissenting juror to conform. The court’s subsequent inquiry was inadequate and its findings derived from a “stacked evidentiary deck.”