And Justice for All?: Race, Ethnicity, and the Jury Selection Process

Becky L. Tatum, Grambling State University

This paper examines the role of race in the selection of juries in the United States. The paper particularly reviews how state and federal courts have addressed the issue of race, ethnicity, and jury selection historically, and arguments regarding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity among jurors in the rendering of court verdicts. The promise of strategies for the reduction of racial and ethnic bias in jury selection and the realization of fair and impartial juries are also discussed.

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