Rethinking Jury Diversity: A Response to Juan R. Sánchez’s A Plan of Our Own
7 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2020
Date Written: April 1, 2020
This is a response to Judge Juan R. Sánchez’s article A Plan of Our Own: The Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Initiative to Increase Jury Diversity. While some of the policy proposals promoted regarding jury selection are likely beneficial, the rationale Sánchez provides for their support is rooted in harmful racial stereotypes. Furthermore, the evidence presented is insufficient to support the claims of jury diversity benefits.
Keywords: Juan Sanchez, Jury diversity, racism, jury selection, Batson challenge, voir dire, jury bias, verdicts
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