United States v. Aguilar, No. 15-50118 (5th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Defendant appealed his conviction for sexual abuse of a ward, arguing that the district court erred when it restricted the time for defendant to complete the peremptory challenge form. In this instance, when voir dire began in the morning, the jury had been extensively questioned, and jurors had been examined and challenged for cause, it was neither legal error nor an abuse of discretion for the district court to require defendant to have his selections ready by the close of voir dire. Therefore, the court concluded that any failure to exercise all statutorily granted strikes might well be ascribed to irresolute counsel and not to a resolute district court. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.