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Looking Out: Jurors can't be excluded based on sexual orientation, court says
Looking Out: Jurors can't be excluded based on sexual orientation, court says

In a decision with wide-reaching implications, a federal appeals court ruled this week that potential jurors cannot be left off of juries based on their sexual orientations. Remember the antitrust case involving two purveyors of HIV/AIDS drugs that was moving through appeals courts this September? (I know the answer's no - hence the link.) The short version: GlaxoSmithKline appealed a jury's verdict because lawyers for its opponent in the case, Abbott Laboratories, removed a gay man from the jury using a no-questions-asked peremptory strike. Peremptory strikes can't be used to eliminate jurors based on race or gender, and Glaxo's lawyers argued that the same...

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