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Is it legal to dismiss jurors based on their sexual orientation?

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A potential juror cannot be removed from a jury because of race or gender, but what about sexual orientation? It's a question the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is now considering in the wake of an antitrust dispute between the drug companies Smith Kline Beecham and Abbott Laboratories.

Here to tell us about the case and the questions it raises about jury selection is Vik Amar, associate dean for Academic Affairs at the UC Davis School of Law.