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Taylor v. Louisiana

Significance, Jury Concerns, For All Intents And Purposes . . ., A Fair Cross-section, Further Readings


Billy Jean Taylor


State of Louisiana

Appellant's Claim

That Louisiana's jury selection system violated his right to trial by an impartial jury under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

William M. King

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Kendall L. Vick

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

21 January 1975


Louisiana's jury selection process, which excluded women who failed to register, violated Taylor's Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Related Cases

  • Hoyt v. Florida, 399 U.S. 524 (1970).
  • United States v. Townsley, 856 F.2d 1189 (1988).
  • Leichman v. Secretary, Louisiana Dept. of Corrections, 939 F.2d 315 (1991).

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