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TEXAS SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON JURY SELECTION
In re Commitment of Hill, No. 10-0280 (Tex. Mar. 11, 2011)(per curiam)(jury selection, peremptory
A party selecting jurors for trial must be given latitude to intelligently use its peremptory challenges to seat a jury that,
to the greatest extent possible, is free from bias. Here, because the trial court refused to allow two permissible lines
of questioning, we reverse the court of appeals’ judgment upholding the trial court’s ruling and remand this case for a
The trial court abused its discretion in rejecting these two lines of permissible questioning. Accordingly, without
hearing oral argument, we grant the petition for review, reverse the court of appeals’ judgment, and remand the case
to the trial court for a new trial. Tex. R. App. P. 59.1, 60.2(d).
IN RE COMMITMENT OF SETH HILL; from Montgomery County; 9th district (09-08-00482-CV, 308 SW3d 465, 03-25-
Pursuant to Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 59.1, after granting the petition for review and without hearing oral
argument, the Court reverses the court of appeals' judgment and remands the case to the trial court.
Per Curiam Opinion [pdf]
View Electronic Briefs in 10-0280 IN RE SETH HILL
APPEALS OF JURY SELECTION ISSUES
Davis v. Fisk Electric Co., No. 06-0162 (Tex. Sep. 26, 2008)(Jefferson)
(jury selection, denial of Batson challenge was error, new trial ordered)
DONALD DAVIS v. FISK ELECTRIC COMPANY, FISK TECHNOLOGIES & FISK MANAGEMENT, INC.;
from Harris County; 14th district (14-04-00790-CV, 187 SW3d 570, 01-12-06)
The Court reverses in part the court of appeals' judgment and remands the case to the trial court.
Chief Justice Jefferson delivered the opinion of the Court, joined by Justice Hecht, Justice O'Neill,
Justice Wainwright, Justice Medina, Justice Green, Justice Johnson, and Justice Willett.
Justice Brister delivered a concurring opinion, in which Justice Medina joined as to Part III.
Murff, MD v. Pass, No. 07-0294 (Tex. Mar. 28, 2008) (jury selection, juror confusion, disqualification)
W. GENE MURFF, M.D. AND MURFF-WANG-MOORE ASSOCIATES, P.A. v. WANDA KAYE PASS, AS
NEXT FRIEND OF LESLIE LEANN PASS, A MINOR; from McLennan County; 10th district (10-06-
00162-CV, ___ S.W.3d ___, 02-28-07)
Pursuant to Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 59.1, after granting the petition for review and without
hearing oral argument, the Court reverses the court of appeals' judgment and renders judgment.
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