This week the California Supreme Court, in People v. Anzalone, determined that a trial judge's failure to poll the jurors after a guilty verdict was harmless rather than structural error. As such, the state hight court overruled the appellate court and affirmed the defendant's conviction.
The appellate court had initially overturned the defendant's conviction because they had found the jury's verdict to be "incomplete, defective, and invalid." The CA SCT saw it differently. According to the state high court, "to call what transpired here structural error would be to expand that notion beyond any example articulated by the United States Supreme Court, and elevate form over substance."
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