CA Fair Juries Act Introduced in Legislature to Expand Jury Pools

July 17, 2020

By Ayanna Gandhi

SACRAMENTO – CA State Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) re-introduced legislation yesterday that would expand the pool of prospective jurors to include any state tax filers, claiming that it would “ensure that jury pools are more diverse and demographically representative of California’s population.

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Senator Mitchell argued, “Juries matter and the people sitting on them need to proportionately look like those being accused. The color of your skin should not make you guilty because of a juror’s implicit bias. SB 592: The Fair Juries Act will increase the chances of a jury of ones’ actual peers, and will hopefully chip away at our racially biased judicial system.”

 

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