Taylor v. Louisiana
United States Supreme Court
419 U.S. 522 (1975)
Taylor (defendant) was indicted for aggravated kidnapping. Taylor petitioned the trial court to squash the petit jury venire. At the time, Louisiana had a statute that excluded women from jury service unless she filed a written statement expressing that she wanted to be subject to jury service. In the relevant judicial district, 53 percent of the people eligible for jury service were women. Statistics indicate that very few women actually filed such written declarations and few women actually sat on juries. Taylor claimed that the systematic exclusion of women from the venire deprived him of his constitutional right to a jury constituting a fair cross-section of the community.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)
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