An end to LGBT discrimination in jury selection?

Jeanne Shaheen

Jeanne Shaheen, one of three senators who introduced the bill.

BY HUFFINGTON POST GAY VOICES

Three U.S. senators have re-introduced legislation in hopes of abolishing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens during the federal jury selection process. The Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) Act of 2013 would prohibit the practice of striking jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a statement emailed to HuffPost Gay Voices.

“We simply can’t tolerate discrimination against a potential juror because of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is quoted as saying in the press release. “Our country is founded on the principles of inclusion, acceptance, and equality. The jury selection process in federal courts should reflect those principles.”

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