Texas Bill Nixing 'Pick-A-Pal' Grand Juries Heads To Governor

Law360, Houston (June 1, 2015, 6:56 PM EDT) -- Attempts to scrap Texas' controversial "pick-a-pal" grand jury system moved a step closer to reality on Sunday, as the Texas State Senate passed a bill intended to reform the process that allows judge-appointed commissioners to nominate jurors instead of random selection.

An amendment to H.B. 2150, sponsored by State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, contains an amendment by State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, that would replace the method of empaneling a grand jury through a grand jury commissioner.

The new bill would instead replace the so-called "pick-a-pal" method, currently only in use in Texas and California, with random selection.

The bill was approved...

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