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impaneling

n. the act of selecting a jury from the list of potential jurors, called the "panel" or "venire." The steps are: 1) drawing names at random from a large number of jurors called; 2) seating 12 tentative jurors (or six where agreed to); 3) hearing individual juror requests for being excused, to be determined by the judge; 4) questions from judge and lawyers for both sides; 5) challenges of tentative jurors either for cause (decided by the judge) or peremptory (no reason given) by the lawyers; 6) swearing in the jurors who survive this process. (See: jury, juror, challenge, panel, venire)

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Instead, the legislature had provided that "only a jury can impose a death sentence," yet had created "no procedure for impaneling a jury to sentence a defendant after a guilty plea.
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Chief Deputy District Attorney Lela Henke-Dobroth said her office decided that pursuing the case through a preliminary hearing - in which prosecutors must convince a judge they have enough evidence to warrant a trial - would be quicker than impaneling a new grand jury.