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Officials Say System Doesn't Exclude Hispanics
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C. prosecutors are opposing a request by the man charged in federal intern Chandra Levy's slaying to turn over the names of summoned jurors to his attorneys.

Prosecutors also rejected defendant Ingmar Guandique's argument that D.C. juries have a statistically significant under-representation of Hispanics in a Friday court filing.

Guandique's lawyers had previously asked a judge to give them access to the names of summoned jurors while charging that Hispanics are underrepresented in D.C. juries. Guandique is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

But prosecutors maintain that even if the system could be improved, that does not mean the current system excludes Hispanics. They also questioned whether giving the defense access to potential juror names could discourage some people from returning questionnaires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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