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Court aims to end racial bias in jury selection with new rules

The Arizona Supreme Court will announce this week approval of a new rule eliminating what are called "peremptory challenges." This is the ability of attorneys in civil and criminal trials to disqualify potential juror without citing any reason at all. Instead, as of Jan. 1, lawyers will need some specific reason to strike someone from the jury pool, like an admitted bias or their personal knowledge of the parties or the dispute. (Independent file photo)

The Arizona Supreme Court will announce this week approval of a new rule eliminating what are called "peremptory challenges." This is the ability of attorneys in civil and criminal trials to disqualify potential juror without citing any reason at all. Instead, as of Jan. 1, lawyers will need some specific reason to strike someone from the jury pool, like an admitted bias or their personal knowledge of the parties or the dispute. (Independent file photo)

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