Judge Scolds Prosecutors For Dismissing Gay Juror

Associated Press
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May 2, 2012

A San Diego judge dismissed an entire jury panel Tuesday, after prosecutors rejected a gay man as a potential juror in a case related to marriage equality.

Superior Court Judge Joan Weber ruled defendants in the case were denied a representative jury and called the actions of the city attorney’s office “shocking,” U-T San Diego reported.

Her ruling means the lawyers will have to pick a new panel if the case goes to trial.

The case stems from the Aug. 19, 2010, arrest of nine people who were protesting Proposition 8, California’s marriage ban, at the county clerk’s office. Defense attorneys say the peaceful protest did not disrupt business.