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Notice Explaining Radmon Selection of Jurors

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1861, all litigants entitled to a jury trial “shall have the right to grand and petit jurors selected from a fair cross section of the community.” The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma uses a two-step process to select jurors. First, a master jury wheel is created by selecting names at random from the official voter registration lists maintained by the State of Oklahoma. Then, names are randomly drawn periodically from the master jury wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires. The names of all persons who appear to be qualified, not exempt, and not subject to indefinite excuse from jury service in accordance with the procedures set out in this court’s “Jury Selection Plan for the Random Selection of Grand and Petit Jurors,” are placed in a qualified jury wheel. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury, juror summonses are sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified jury wheel. All of these selections are carried out through a properly programmed electronic data processing system for pure randomized selection. The pure randomized process ensures that the mathematical odds of any single name being picked are substantially equal.