A Jury Of Your Vaccinated Peers: Attys Wary Of Mandates

By Chris Villani (August 13, 2021, 3:26 PM EDT) -- COVID-19 vaccination disparities across racial and political lines could skew jury pools if judges begin requiring panel members to get shots, adding a new wrinkle for trial attorneys as the highly contagious delta variant prompts stricter courtroom health measures.

Vaccine mandates have become more common for employers in both the public and private sector. Some federal judges, fearing the spread of COVID-19 inside their courtrooms, have openly considered requiring vaccination for jurors who must sometimes sit close to one another during a trial or deliberation.

But experts told Law360 that unequal access or interest in getting vaccinated could skew jury pools, potentially...

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