jury of one's peers


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jury of one's peers

n. a guaranteed right of criminal defendants, in which "peer" means an "equal." This has been interpreted by courts to mean that the available jurors include a broad spectrum of the population, particularly of race, national origin and gender. Jury selection may include no process which excludes those of a particular race or intentionally narrows the spectrum of possible jurors. It does not mean that women are to be tried by women, Asians by Asians, or African Americans by African Americans. (See: jury)

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Is it really a jury of one's peers when the 20 percent of Americans who disapprove of the death penalty are forbidden from participating?
In short, either we have faith in the system of a jury of one's peers or we don't.
Therefore, I think Valley residents should refuse to serve on juries outside the Valley, on the grounds that this violates the accused's right to a jury of one's peers.