Volunteer Author Highlights: Judge Dan Downey Addresses the Texas Shuffle

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Known also as “The Texas Shuffle,” Rule 223 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allows for either side of a civil or criminal case to request for a literal reshuffle of a jury panel before voir dire. In his article “Is The Texas Shuffle Subject to The Batson 3-Step?” Judge Dan Downey offers suggestions and cites cases for opposing such a request from rival counsel and encourages that it may be worth the effort.

Judge Dan Downey, P.C. serves the State Bar of Texas as volunteer author of the Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Malpractice, Premises & Products. The 2018 edition of that volume will be available around January 1st.

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