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The Associated Press
Tuesday, July 26, 2005; 12:31 AM
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge who said in recent months that she would not seat all-white juries said she regretted being blunt, but believed attorneys did not have good reasons for failing to choose black jurors, according to a published report.
Circuit Judge Evelyn Clay, who is black, made the remarks while meeting with attorneys in chambers, the Chicago Tribune reported in Monday's editions after reviewing court transcripts.
"Folks, you all know I have a rule. I don't seat all white jurors," Clay said as jurors were being selected for a murder trial last month.
Clay said her remarks were "indelicately stated" but she believed qualified blacks were being left off juries.
"I try to preside over jury trials in a fair and impartial way _ that is always my goal," Clay said.
Just Google "Chicago Jury", and by morning there ought to be a lot of references.