Scott Greenfield writer of Simple Justice posted about an issue on jury selection which is the most crucial part of a trial. The Ohio Supreme Court reversed a homicide conviction because the trial judge refused to dismiss a deaf juror from the panel for cause in State v. Speer.The basic facts were that the trial judge refused to excuse a juror due to her hearing disability.The juror advised the court she would have problems understanding testimony if she could not look at the lips of the speaker.A right to a fair trial equals a jury that is able to see and hear all the evidence presented.

Under Tennessee Law , I don’t this issue would have been a problem at trial.Tennessee Code Annotate 22-1-103  allows a juror to be excused if that juror has a condition that renders that person incapable of performing jury service.