How ‘Lived Experience’ Impacted Chauvin Jury Selection (Podcast)

March 26, 2021, 10:48 PM

The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is noteworthy for its diversity. About 13.5 percent of Hennepin County, Minnesota is African American and, of the 15 jurors (including the three alternates), nine are White, four are Black and two identify as mixed race, according to the court.

Still, many experts, including Andrew Gordon, a Deputy Director at The Legal Rights Center in Minnesota, say the process of seating the jury in the Chauvin case, as well as in many other cases, often leaves African Americans out. Gordon said jury selection often fails to seat jurors with “a diversity of lived experiences.”

Gordon is our guest on this episode of [Un]Common Law.

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