Lawyers for Levy Suspect Wants Names

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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Lawyers for Levy Suspect Wants Names

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FILE - This undated file photo released by the family shows Chandra Ann Levy, a 24-year-old graduate student from University of Southern California. Ingmar Guandique, 27, who is accused of killing Chandra Levy, is scheduled to appear in court Friday, May 14, 2010 in Washington. Guandique has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts in Levy's death. His attorneys have asked to move his trial from Washington. (AP Photo/Family Photo via The Modesto Bee, File) ** NO SALES **

 Attorneys for the man charged in federal intern Chandra Levy's slaying are seeking access to the names of summoned jurors in D.C.

      Defendant Ingmar Guandique's lawyers wrote in a court filing this week that there is a statistically significant under-representation of Hispanics in D.C.'s jury pool.
     
Guandique is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. His attorneys say D.C. juror surveys show only 2.3 percent of those who answered questions about race said they were Hispanic, while census numbers show 4 percent of D.C.'s Hispanic residents are eligible to serve.
     
Judge Gerald Fisher has said many factors, including citizenship and grasp of English, could affect the proportion of Hispanic jurors.
     
Guandique's lawyers say there is no evidence of efforts made to increase Hispanic jury participation.

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