The U.S. Chamber filed an amicus brief with the Missouri Supreme Court to explain that impartial juries and fair tribunals are of critical importance to the nation’s business community. In this case, the defendant claims that a potential juror intentionally failed to disclose that a family member had also been involved in a car accident, and the defendant claims that her presence on the jury deprived the defendant of an impartial tribunal. According to the Chamber’s brief, intentional juror nondisclosure of potential bias deprives parties of their constitutional right to a fair trial. The Chamber warned against reading juror selection rules in such a manner as to require parties to conduct unreasonable investigations of potential jurors.
William Ray Price, Jr. and Jeffery T. McPherson of Armstrong Teasdale LLP and Christopher J. Walker served as counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.