• To be legally qualified for [US Court] jury service, an individual must: be a United States citizen; be at least 18 years of age; reside primarily in the judicial district for one year; be adequately proficient in English to satisfactorily complete the juror qualification form; have no disqualifying mental or physical condition; not currently be subject to felony charges punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; and never have been convicted of a felony (unless civil rights have been legally restored). Beyond this, the judge and attorneys may NOT exclude anyone from serving based on race or gender, though challenges during voir dire may appear to be based on such superficial details as education or TV viewing habits. Any verdict by a jury chosen specifically because of perceived mental ability would be ripe for appeal.
  • probably
  • No, they just have to consider the evidence, and make a decision without doubt.
  • "Peer" just refers to equal social standing, nothing more, nothing less.

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