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Honors Thesis


Grand juries, while currently not a central part of the American justice system, are still in use in many states. However, the regulation of state grand juries has been quite meager, to say the least. In Texas specifically, the use of the “key man” jury selection technique was used for grand juries until June 2015. This technique can be easily used to discriminate against minorities during the grand jury selection process, and has been shown to do just that for some time. Through analysis of court cases dealing with Texas’ use of the key man system, examination of the ways in which the Supreme Court arrived at its holdings, and evaluation of these holdings in the light of holdings inother related cases, I will explain why the key man system has stayed in use for as long as it has in Texas and why it was only recently retired.

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