On January 21, 1975, the United States Supreme Court decided Taylor v. Louisiana. This case arose after an all-male jury found Billy Taylor guilty of a serious criminal offense. Taylor alleged that his right to an impartial jury was violated. In Louisiana women weren’t required to serve as jurors, so men vastly outnumbered them during jury selection. Taylor argued that his jury didn’t reflect a fair cross-section of the community. The Supreme Court agreed. The Court reversed Taylor’s conviction and remanded his case to the trial court. Justice White explained that jury pools “must not systematically exclude distinctive groups in the community and thereby fail to be reasonably representative thereof.” You can listen to the oral argument at http://goo.gl/fPq7lU. For a better understanding of jury service visit http://goo.gl/GegzKY.