More people in Pa.'s jury pool

October 1, 2008 8:08:27 AM PDT
Avoiding jury duty just got much harder in Pennsylvania.

The state court system on Wednesday began providing counties with a greatly expanded list of names from which juries will be selected.

The 11.5 million name list was developed following passage of a new state law last year.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille says anyone who votes, pays taxes, drives a car or receives welfare or food stamps is on the list. He says the idea is to enhance the administration of justice by improving the jury system.

It's the first such statewide list ever established in Pennsylvania, and it'll be updated yearly.

Authorities caution that some duplication of names is inevitable but hope the new list will make juries more diverse.


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