Both the U.S. and the California constitutions prohibit exclusion of prospective jurors based on a group bias. This is most often violated in the context of excluding a certain race from being a juror in a case. When a defendant claims this law has been violated, it is the prosecution’s burden to explain the racial exclusion. In this context, can the defense claim that young African Americans are a protected class in jury selection? To read an answer to this question, click on the following link.