What is the impact of an error on a jury's decision?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Johnson, B282481 (Cal. App. 2018):

unimportant in relation to everything else the jury considered on the issue in question, as revealed in the record."'" (People v. Pearson (2013) 56 Cal.4th 393, 463.) "'[T]he focus is on what the jury actually decided and whether the error might have tainted its decision. That is to say, the issue is "whether the . . . verdict actually rendered in this trial was surely unattributable to the error."'" (Ibid.)

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