Federal court to decide if lawyers can reject gay jurors

07/30/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A federal appeals court in California is expected to decide whether the sexual orientation of potential jurors can be used by lawyers as a reason to reject their service on juries. Still, the ruling might have little practical effect since lawyers can also employ neutral reasons for launching a peremptory challenge during jury selection, disguising the fact he or she may not want a gay person in the jury room.

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