One day after the Supreme Court ruled that jury selection in criminal trials should be open to the public, a Dallas judge declared a mistrial in a case in which the jury had been selected behind closed doors, Politico reported.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn learned about the decision, which stated that open jury selection is a First and Sixth Amendment right, once jurors in an extortion case had already been sworn in, according to The Dallas Morning News.
"The court does not believe it is required to grant the motion for mistrial, but out of an abundance of caution, I do," she said, explaining she would err on the side of caution.
The new jury selection for the case, which will start on Monday, will be open to the public. Potential jurors’ names and employers’ names will be withheld for privacy reasons.