#45: Race Plays a Big Role in Whether Jurors Convict

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American juries are composed of 12 ordinary citizens tasked with bringing justice to the downtrodden and common sense to the law – no easy job. But who actually gets to serve? Research out of North Carolina shows some people get removed from jury pools much more often than others.

Ron Wright is the Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest School of Law.