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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Taylor v. Louisiana
Citation:419 U.S. 522, 95 S.Ct. 692, 42 L.Ed.2d 690.
The defendant was charged with kidnaping. At the time of this case, the Louisiana Constitution provided that a woman should not be selected for jury service unless she had previously filed a written declaration of her desire to be subject to jury service. As a result, very few women, grossly disproportionate to the number of eligible women in the community, were called for jury service.
In this case, no women were on the venire from which the jury was drawn. The defendant filed a motion alleging that women were systematically excluded from the venire and that he would be deprived of his Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment right to “a fair trial by jury of a representative segment of the community.” His motion was denied and he was convicted after a trial. He appealed.
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