Friday, October 7, 2005
Vanderbilt CrimProf Nancy King Featured on NPR Morning Edition Story about Changes in Jury Selection Procedures
An interview with Vandy CrimProf Nancy King, a jury selection expert, was featured in an NPR story focusing on racial imbalance on a Boston jury, in which a judge ordered changes in jury procedures that could increase the pool of minority jurors by sending a second round of summons to specific ZIP code areas with a higher minority population. Federal prosecutors have appealed, claiming the judge doesn't have the authority to change jury rules. Prosecutors add that sending a second round of summons to specific ZIP codes violates the required random selection of jurors.
"If the order was targeting districts that had a higher proportion of African-American citizens, for example, that would be unconstitutional, but if you're sampling from within certain ZIP codes randomly, it seems to me you have a case for saying that still complies with the statute," King told report Martha Bebinger.
Listen to the story here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4933569