Judicial committee secretly debates proposal to address racial bias in jury selection

Colorado Politics: A committee of the Colorado Supreme Court met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss two proposals for curtailing the exclusion of people of color from juries based on explicit or implicit racial bias.

The renewed effort comes months after legislation to accomplish the same goal died in the legislature in the wake of opposition from all 22 elected district attorneys. The court’s Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee also forwarded a similar pitch for a rule change to the Supreme Court last year, but the justices declined to act, citing a desire for greater consensus.

The committee’s chair, Judge John Daniel Dailey of the Court of Appeals, defended his decision to exclude the public from the judiciary’s discussions on a potential racial bias rule.

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