University of Baltimore Law Forum


J. Michael Earp


The Supreme Court in Duran u. Missouri, 99 S.Ct. 664 (1979) overturned a Missouri defendant's first degree murder conviction in holding that a "systematic exclusion of women [which] results in jury venires averaging less than 15% females violates the Constitution's fair cross-section requirement." 99 S.Ct. at 666. The decision, delivered by Justice White, represents a further progression in the Whitus to Castendal line of cases establishing and defining the meaning of a fair trial under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.

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