Pittsburgh Case Spurs Debate on Juries and Race

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A judge’s decision in Pittsburgh to let a murder defendant delay trial until blacks make up at least 10 percent of the jury pool is spurring debate about how minorities are picked for juries and whether the judge’s remedy is practical.

The defense attorney in the case argued that a five-month study by the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office found that fewer than 5 percent of the people who appear for jury duty are black, although 12 percent of the county’s population is black.

The disparity violates his client’s Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury, a public defender said.

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