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A Cook County, Ill., 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. Chief Criminal Court Judge Paul Biebel Jr. has said he’s been informed about Clay’s comments. Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board executive director Kathy Twine said she could neither confirm nor deny that Clay’s comments were being reviewed by the board. Illinois law does not require that every jury must include members of a certain race. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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