Outside of stories about jurors improperly using technology, the topic du jour, at least in the world of juries, is whether prospective jurors may be struck because of their sexual orientation. As discussed here, several states have or plan to introduce legislation to prohibit attorneys from using peremptory challenges to strike jurors because of their sexual orientation.
The article below talks about two California cases one state, the other federal in which the court addresses whether attorneys can strike potential jurors because of their sexual orientation. In the state case (People v. Garcia) decided in 2000, the California appellate court held that a criminal defendant's right to a jury representative of a cross-section of society was violated when prospective jurors were removed because of their sexual orientation. This same issue is now currently before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in GlaxoSmithKline PLC v. Abbot Laboratories. It remains to be seen how the 9th Circuit will rule and whether the case will find its way to the Supreme Court.
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