Newsday reports a Nassau judge must determine whether it’s improper for court employees to give preference to people who say they are “willing to serve” on the grand jury. Defense lawyers and legal experts say giving preference goes against the legal requirement to select grand jurors at random. Here’s more for the article:
[Commissioner of Jurors] DeVivo said in his affidavit that asking people about their willingness to serve is just a way of trying to accommodate citizens who are giving up four weeks of their lives to perform their civic duty. Jurors who do not raise their hands to serve on the current panel will be called back later.