Economic Blues Could Make For Whiter Juries

Law360, New York (October 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As trial lawyers brace themselves for a wave of litigation stemming from the financial crisis, experts are warning that a troubled economy could make for less diverse – and less attentive – juries.

With home foreclosures now at record levels and the nation's unemployment rate on the rise, trial consultants and professors predict the composition of jury pools will suffer, resulting in juries that are disproportionately white and homogeneous.

During a depressed economy, people with less stable or low-income jobs – a group in which African...
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