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Republican Party of Texas Platform

June, 2000

Reforming the Judicial System

Jury Reform – The Party supports legislation protecting the right to privacy and security of prospective jurors during the jury selection process.  The courts must show the relevance of questions asked of jurors and perform a balancing test between the prospective juror's right to privacy and the relevance of the lawyer's need to know.  We support legislation enabling an accused party in a criminal trial to inform the jurors of their right to determine both the law and the facts and to render a verdict according to conscience.  (emphasis added)

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June, 1998

Fort Worth

Preserving American Freedom

Reforming the Judicial System

Jury Reform – We urge the Texas Legislature to pass legislation protecting the right to privacy and security of prospective jurors during the jury selection process. The courts must show the relevance of questions asked of jurors and perform a balancing test between the prospective juror’s right to privacy and the relevance of the lawyer’s need to know. The Party urges the Texas Legislature to pass legislation enabling an accused party in a criminal trial to inform the jurors of their right to determine both the law and the facts and to render a verdict according to conscience.  (emphasis added)

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 June, 1996

San Antonio

 Jury Reform - We urge the Texas Legislature to pass legislation protecting the right to privacy and security of prospective jurors during the jury selection process. The courts must show the relevance of questions asked of jurors and perform a balancing test between the prospective juror’s right to privacy and the relevance of the lawyer’s need to know. The Party urges the Texas Legislature to pass legislation enabling an accused party in a criminal trial to inform the jurors of their rights to determine both the law and the facts and to render a verdict according to conscience. We urge the Texas Legislature to reform the jury selection process to ensure that educated and morally responsible people are not excluded as jurors. (emphasis added)

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