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United States v. Salamone

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
800 F.2d 1216 (1986)


Facts

Salamone (defendant) was tried and convicted by a jury on various firearms charges. During voir dire, the district court granted the prosecution’s request and excluded for cause one potential juror and five potential alternate jurors solely because of their affiliation with the National Rifle Association (NRA). During voir dire, the trial judge asked the potential jurors about their affiliation with certain pro-gun organizations. He then asked no further questions. On appeal, Salamone challenges the district court’s voir dire. He alleges that the trial judge did not have the authority to exclude a whole class of otherwise qualified potential jurors because of any presumed bias they may poses.

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