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Gay Jurors: Dismissal Case Pending In California

08/ 5/11 10:40 AM ET   AP

Gay Juror

PASADENA, Calif. -- A federal appeals case pending in California could determine if trial lawyers should be barred from dismissing potential jurors because they are gay.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday in Pasadena that challenge a Los Angeles prosecutor's decision to strike a lesbian from the jury in an assault case against a gay federal inmate.

Inmate Daniel Osazuwa says he hugged a guard who was homophobic and he overreacted. The guard fell and Osazuwa landed on him.

A public defender argues the trial judge erred in dismissing a lesbian from the jury, but a prosecutor says she was let go for another legitimate reason.

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