Currently, lawyers in federal court can discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals when selecting a jury to hear their client’s case. However, a new bill introduced in the United States Senate seeks to curb this practice.
A bill that would prohibit discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals in the federal jury selection process has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
The bill is named the “Jury Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection” and is referred to as the “Jury ACCESS Act.” Senate Bill 3618 adds categories of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to race, sex, national origin, color, and economic status as protected categories.
How do you feel about this new bill? Would you want your lawyer to be allowed to select a jury based upon these categories of classification?