"Everybody does it," says an article in Law.com--
Although a long line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions forbids packing juries based on race or gender, lawyers admit they do it frequently.
Asians are conservative. African-Americans distrust cops. Latins are emotional. Jews are sentimental. Women are hard on women -- or so goes some of the lore that litigators have all heard.
Clatsop County, Ore., District Attorney Joshua Marquis, who is the co-chairman of the National District Attorneys Association's death penalty committee, said that he would not have let his own father sit on a jury in a capital case.
There are so few Batson challenges, says one law professor, because "both sides are doing it" and "they don't want to call attention to each other."