On This Date in Legal History

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.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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