The same U.S. Supreme Court precedent that bars discrimination against potential jurors due to their race, gender or ethnic background can be used to protect the right of hunters to serve on juries, an upstate New York judge has suggested.

Sullivan County Judge Frank LaBuda called a halt to the trial of a Long Island hunter charged with assault for shooting another hunter after the defense attorney issued peremptory challenges to six of 35 potential jurors who had identified themselves as hunters.