HOUSTON — Texas is changing the way it selects grand juries. Starting on September 1, the state’s “pick-a-pal” program will be no more, and that’s probably a really good thing.
As things are set up now, judges can appoint commissioners, sometimes their friends, to pick jurors for a case. The system has been said to result in conflicts of interest and lacking diversity on juries.
But starting Tuesday, House Bill 2150 will kick in, which requires random jury selection. Especially considering claims of systematic racism, the switch should be a win all-the-way-around.
But you be the judge.