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9th Circuit bans juror exclusion over sexual orientation

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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court became the first in the nation to rule that prospective jurors may not be excluded because of their sexual orientation, a decision that expands juror protections beyond race and gender and provides legal ammunition to challenge laws that limit gay rights.

The sweeping, unanimous decision Tuesday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a mixed jury verdict in an antitrust case involving an AIDS drug. The 9th…

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