The best-known problem with peremptory challenges — a lawyer's dismissal of a prospective juror without a stated cause — may be that too often there actually is a cause, and it's an improper one. For example, lawyers have used their no-stated-cause challenges in attempts to remove jurors because of their race, gender or sexual orientation. Courts have banned the practice, but when lawyers need not state a cause, it's not always easy to know their motivations.
FOR THE RECORD
A June 21 editorial misidentified a state bill that would reduce the number of peremptory challenges in some misdemeanor trials. It is SB 213 by Sen. Marty Block (D-San...