An Inclusive Litany

6/7/02

An accused Florida drug dealer won a new trial on the grounds that, as the Miami Herald reports, "the jury pool contained too many people whose last names start with the letter 'G,' " thus violating his Sixth Amendment right to a jury of his peers. Of 38 candidates in the jury pool, 21 had surnames starting with "G" and 14 of those were named Garcia, Gomez, Gonzalez, Guerra, Gutierrez or Goldares. The defendant, on the other hand, is African-American.

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