“California US District Judge Edward Davila dismissed nine jurors from the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes for being unvaccinated against COVID-19 this week.
Reuters reported that Davila claimed that he did this in order to keep jurors and their families healthy, but legal experts are speaking out to warn that dismissing jurors for being unvaccinated may end up skewing the jury pool.
“If you excuse those [unvaccinated] people, you no longer have a representative jury,” said Christina Marinakis, who is a jury consultant with the litigation consulting company IMS.
Marinakis went on to add that Americans who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 have more critical views of the government and corporate America.
“The trend we’ve found consistently across jurisdictions is that people who are unvaccinated tend to have more anti-corporate attitudes,” she said. “Those jurors tend to be distrustful of government bodies, tend to feel things aren’t always what they seem.”
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