25-1636. Jurors; competency; challenge.

It shall be ground for challenge for cause that any proposed juror lacks any of the qualifications provided by law. It shall not be a cause of challenge that a juror has read in the newspapers an account of the commission of a crime with which a prisoner is charged, if such juror shall state on oath that it is the belief of said person that he or she can render an impartial verdict according to the law and the evidence; and the court shall be satisfied as to the truth of such statement; Provided, that in the trial of any criminal cause the fact that a person called as a juror has formed an opinion based upon rumor or newspaper statements and as to the truth of which said juror has formed no opinion, shall not disqualify said person to serve as a juror on such cause, if said juror shall upon oath state that it is the belief of said person that he or she can fully and impartially render a verdict in accordance with the law and the evidence, and the court shall be satisfied as to the truth of such statement.

Source:Laws 1915, c. 248, § 12, p. 573; Laws 1921, c. 113, § 2, p. 394; C.S.1922, § 9106; C.S.1929, § 20-1636; Laws 1939, c. 18, § 18, p. 110; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 20-1636; Laws 1943, c. 45, § 3, p. 193; R.S.1943, § 25-1636; Laws 1953, c. 72, § 15, p. 236.

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