Courts: Everyman on Juries

Lyndon Johnson now has before him for signature a law just passed by House and Senate requiring that all federal juries be picked at random from rolls that fully reflect "a fair cross section of the community" without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or economic status. Since Johnson requested the bill, there is little doubt that he will sign it most happily.

To many, it may seem that there is no need for such a law. But in fact, most juries in the U.S. are not currently chosen in accordance with the bill's requirements. This is a...

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