People v. MorrisAnnotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of possession of cocaine base for sale. The trial court sentenced defendant to an aggregate term of 13 years in county jail. The court found an error under People v. Sanders because a juror who was excused in the midst of defendant's trial was thereafter allowed to testify in the trial as a prosecution witness. The court found that the error implicated defendant's constitutional due process right to a fair trial, and that the error was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt under Chapman v. California. Accordingly, the court reversed the judgment of the trial court.