Mar 31, 2010 1:33 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jury lists shouldn't have to be printed
in the newspaper, the House Criminal Justice Committee decided
In a 10-5 vote, the panel advanced a bill that would strip from
state law the requirement that jury lists be published in a local
newspaper in the parish where the jury is seated.
Supporters of the bill (House Bill 131) by Rep. Bodi White,
R-Denham Springs, said jurors have raised safety and privacy
concerns about having the information published.
The information still would be available to the public for
viewing and copying, at the local clerk of court's office.
Opponents, including the Louisiana Press Association, said
publishing the lists preserves the integrity of the jury selection
process and sometimes unearths pieces of information about jurors
from people who read the names in the paper.
Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, said he didn't understand
why the bill was needed if the information still would be publicly
"The people who want to intimidate a juror, all they have to do
is go to the courthouse and get a printout. They're going to do
what they want anyway," he said.
The measure heads next to the House floor for debate.