UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MOTION FOR INDIVIDUAL VOIR DIRE EXAMINATION
The United States of America, through its undersigned attorneys, hereby responds to the Defendant's Motion for Individual Voir Dire Examination of the jury panel.
The purpose of voir dire is to ensure the defendant's Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury. Rosales-Lopez v. United States, 451 U.S. 182, 188 (1981). "Rule 24(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure gives the trial court broad discretion in deciding the scope and method of the jury voir dire." United States v. Gerald, 624 F.2d 1291, 1296 (5th Cir. 1980), cert. denied, 450 U.S. 920 (1981). This broad discretion extends to the decision whether jurors should be questioned collectively, or individually out of the presence of other jurors. Id. at 296; see also United States v. Delval, 600 F.2d 1098, 1102 (5th Cir. 1979).
In the present case the defendant has not given any
factual support or other justification for the requested
individual voir dire examination. In the absence
justification, the government submits that collective voir dire
will be sufficient to ensure the defendant's right to an
impartial jury, and at the same time will promote the interests
of judicial economy and efficiency. See United States v.
L'Hoste, 609 F.2d 796, 802 (5th Cir. 1980), cert. denied, 449
U.S. 883 (1981); United States v. Colacurcio, 659 F.2d 684, 689
(5th Cir. 1981), cert. denied, 455 U.S. 1002 (1982).
I hereby certify that a true and correct copy of the
Government's Response to Defendant's Motion for Individual Voir
Dire Examination and proposed order has been served upon and was
sent via Certified Mail-Return Receipt Requested this 25th day
of April, 1994, to: