Attorneys would not be able to exclude potential jurors from hearing cases in federal court because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender if legislation introduced in the Senate this week becomes law. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, joined by Sens. Sheldon Whithouse and Susan Collins, reintroduced the legislation earlier this week. Currently, federal jurors cannot be chosen or excluded from service based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status. The legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.
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