I have just watched the "Eleven Angry Jurors", a sequel with the CSI, Crime Scene Investigation. One of the jurors was a stripper. The case was described as a high-profile, murder.


US courts explain a juror has to be a United States citizen, 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, and have no disqualifying mental or physical condition; he or she also cannot be currently subject to felony charges punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, and he or she must never have been convicted of a felony (unless civil rights have been legally restored).


There would not be mention on potential for social bias. I imagine, a stripper would be biased against a religious spinster, as a Sunday school teacher, and well, a stripper would not be my idea for the law.

  • Jurors' biases have different impact on different cases. These can't be managed through juror qualifications; instead they are managed through the juror selection process for each case. A stripper would be more likely to be excused from the jury if the murder had happened in a strip club. A religious spinster might be excused if the case had an important religious angle. These are specific decisions. There's no general answer other than "yes, it is possible."
    – phoog
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 13:58
  • Following you: a stripper would not be excused if a religious spinster got accused of murder. This means the stripper would be prone to say "guilty". Religious spinsters do not sell own bodies for cash, and the stripper might feel this is a kind of superiority: "she never did what I had to do for living". There should be a legal resolve.
    – user5669
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 21:29
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    You misunderstand my point, I think. One cannot say whethera stripper will think one way or another based solely on her occupation. Lawyers will try to get a favorable jury, looking at individuals, not necessarily their occupations. Maybe there's a stripper who would be particularly sympathetic to religious spinsters. Some strippers even are religious, for that matter.
    – phoog
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 0:28
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    As many modern news stories will allude to.... "religious" and "stripper" may not have dramatically different views on sexuality. A profession is a profession... it doesn't necessarily make the individual.
    – Scott
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 2:14
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    What's the question? If its "could a stripper be a juror", yes, they could. Everything else is unclear opinionated speculation.
    – user662852
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 13:39

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One option would be for an attorney to spend one of their peremptory challenges, which they could do as long as the juror is not a member of a racial minority (Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79). Even then you can, you just have to give a valid reason other than race. Otherwise, the side wishing to strike for cause has to show that there is reasonable doubt that the prospective juror can be impartial (basing their decision just on the evidence presented and the law as explained by the court). Turning the accused / juror relation around, one might be able to strike for cause if the stripper was accused of some form of grave immorality and if the spinster was a leader of a radically puritanical religious sect that held that strippers must fry for said grave immorality crimes. The underlying assumption is that any prospective juror will be impartial, unless they say (or said, or have done) something that shows otherwise.


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