By pleading guilty, Loughner, 23, will avoid the death penalty but he still faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole
, the prosecution explained during the hearing at a federal court in Tucson.
An individual's opinion that a life sentence without the possibility of parole
is the severest sentence that should be imposed on all but the most heinous cases does not even arguably "prevent or substantially impair the performance of his duties as a juror in accordance with his instructions and his oath." Moreover, an individual who maintains such a position, or even one who opposes the death penalty as a general matter, "may not be challenged for cause based on his views about capital punishment." (13)