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Lawyers disagree on questions for potential jurors

HAMMOND, IN (AP) - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for an alleged gang member charged with murdering six people have filed briefs arguing how much potential jurors should be asked about whether they would issue the death penalty in certain cases.

The dispute involves the case of Juan "Tito" Briseno of East Chicago, a reputed Imperial Gangsters member.

The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports
 federal attorneys filed a brief Nov. 24 saying any potential juror with extreme views on the death penalty should be excused. They also said potential jurors shouldn't be asked about whether they would issue the death penalty in certain cases.

Briseno's attorneys argued in a response Tuesday that they must be allowed to determine whether potential jurors would consider mitigating evidence if considering whether to sentence someone to death.

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