Court ruling: Juror dismissal was unlawful discrimination

Gavel and legal scales with blue backgroundBY MORGAN WELCH

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on January 21 that removing a potential juror solely on the grounds of sexual orientation is discrimination, thus extending a Supreme Court protection that previously covered only gender and race.

In the final written decision, a panel of three judges unanimously ruled that removal from a jury pool over sexual orientation is unlawful discrimination; the decision came after an issue arose in a 2011 antitrust and contract dispute between the drug companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Abbott Laboratories, involving the pricing of a commonly used HIV/AIDS drug.


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