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Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if Bias Taints Deliberations

by Bill Hayes

In Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if Bias Taints Deliberations, the Washington Post reports on the recent Supreme Court decision of Peña Rodriguez v. Colorado.

The Supreme Court ruled … that courts must make an exception to the usual rule that jury deliberations are secret when evidence emerges that those discussions were marred by racial or ethnic bias.

“Racial bias implicates unique historical, constitutional and institutional concerns,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the 5-to-3 decision. [more]