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The Implications of a KeyMan System for Selecting a Grand Jury: An Exploratory Study

The Implications of a KeyMan System for Selecting a Grand Jury: An Exploratory Study,Larry Karson

The Implications of a KeyMan System for Selecting a Grand Jury: An Exploratory Study  
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Unlike the generally random process that is common in petit juries, grand juries may be selected by means likely to produce partiality, particularly if they are drawn from those who are part of, or propertied in, the criminal justice system. The potential problems associated with a key-man approach to grand jury selection warrant an examination of the process used in a major metropolitan Texas county. This study attempts to identify both (a) the occupations of individuals who nominate the grand jurors and (b) the individuals chosen as jurors, specifically looking at Hispanic surnamed grand jurors. Over half of the commissioners nominating individuals to serve as grand jurors were associated with the criminal justice system, and less than ten percent of the serving grand jurors were Hispanic surnamed though approximately one third of the county population was Hispanic.
Published in 2006.
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