peremptory challenge

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peremptory challenge

A challenge to remove a juror from a prospective jury without cause.
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That court, with two judges dissenting, held that the record did not support the defendants' claim that the suffered harm as a result of the trial court's award of additional preemptory challenges , and, even if it was assumed arguendo that the award had been improper, a new trial was not required.
Tredwell claimed defendants could not use their preemptory challenges effectively because strangers' biases would be unknown.
The court treated several issues raised by the plaintiff as follows: (1) The court decided the issues as to whether the trial court erred in allowing each of the several defendants two preemptory challenges for a total of six preemptory challenges.
But short of being able to get biased jurors off for cause or of using up valuable preemptory challenges, this method offers one approach to balance the scales during voir dire with negatively opinionated jurors.
Or, alternatively, do these amount to attempts to circumvent the Supreme Court's ban on using preemptory challenges to eliminate potential jurors based on race?