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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, December 6, 2018

"Yes, Jury Selection Is as Racist as You Think. Now We Have Proof."

Ronald Wright (Wake Forest Law) has this op-ed in The New York Times. In part:

To address the problem, state courts could adopt rules such as the one that the Washington Supreme Court approved last April. The new rule makes it easier to stop juror removals rooted in implicit racial bias by outlawing peremptory challenges defended with explanations highly correlated with race, like “prior contact with law enforcement” or “living in a high-crime neighborhood.”

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Another answer — which could gain support in even the toughest of “tough on crime” red states — is simply to publish more information on jury selection. The details of judge and attorney removals of jurors is already public record, but those details usually remain buried in the hard-copy files of court clerks across the country.

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