New Orleans Grand Jury Setup Held Unconstitutional

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http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1057555572313120.xml For years, defense lawyers in Orleans Parish have fought to have their clients' indictments thrown out on claims that the system for selecting grand jurors was flawed by racial discrimination, the New Orleans Times-Picayune says. Prosecutors warned that a decision siding with the defense would "wreak havoc" at the courthouse. Imagine, they said, decades of convictions subject to reversal on appeals or requiring new indictments . . .

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