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H.R. 874: Juror Non-Discrimination Act of 2019

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A person can’t be banned from a jury because of their race or religion, but which other personal characteristics (if any) should also apply?


While the Constitution has always included the right for a defendant to be tried by a jury of their peers, in recent decades the Supreme Court and federal law have expanded what exactly that means.

1986’s decision Batson v. Kentucky barred juror discrimination on the basis of race, then 1994’s decision J.E.B. v. Alabama barred juror discrimination on the basis of sex. Federal laws from 1968 and 1980 also banned juror discrimination on the bases of religion, color, national origin, or economic status.

However, there is no federal requirement — either through Supreme Court decision or law — banning juror discrimination on ...

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Susan Davis

Sponsor. Representative for California's 53rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 30, 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

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H.R. 874 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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