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A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to jury challenges for cause in criminal cases.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

 

SECTION .  Article 35.16, Code of Criminal Procedure, is amended by amending Subsection (b) to read as follows:

(b)  A challenge for cause may be made by the State for any of the following reasons:

1.  That the juror has conscientious scruples in regard to the infliction of the punishment of death for crime, in a capital case, where the State is seeking the death penalty; or

2.  That he is related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573, Government Code, to the defendant[; and

[3.  That he has a bias or prejudice against any phase of the law upon which the State is entitled to rely for conviction or punishment].

SECTION .  The change in law made by this Act applies only to a jury empaneled on or after the effective date of this Act.

SECTION .  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.

SECTION .  The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.

 

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