Appeals: Desegregating the Jury Box

If the law of averages prevailed, the racial composition of juries in Sumter County, Ga., would be three-fourths white and one-fourth Negro. The two races are represented in just about that proportion on the county's tax rolls, from which jury panels are drawn. But rarely in modern times has a Negro served on a jury in Sumter County, where even the tax rolls are segregated: the names of white and Negro taxpayers are separately registered. By order of the Georgia Court of Appeals, the law of averages now prevails along with the law of Georgia in the selection of...

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