A wheelchair-bound potential juror complained about the inaccessibility of the courthouse to him when he was called for jury duty. The Fifth Circuit reviewed two guideposts about standing for such claims in its earlier opinions, noting:
O’Hair and Herman can be summarized as holding that a plaintiff with a substantial risk of being called for jury duty has standing to seek an injunction against a systemic exclusionary practice but not a one-off, episodic exclusion related to a particular judge’s actions. Thus, the plaintiff in O’Hair had standing for injunctive relief against a state constitutional provision that systemically excluded atheists from jury service, but the plaintiff in Herman lacked standing for injunctive relief against a particular judge’s conduct.
Applied to this case, the Fifth Circuit held: “[Plaintiff] has a substantial risk of being called for jury duty again. He was called twice between 2012 and 2017. Those past incidents, though insufficient to confer standing, are still ‘evidence bearing on whether there is a real and immediate threat of repeated injury.’ Moreover, Hinds County is not extremely populous, and only a subset of its population is eligible for jury service, so it’s fairly likely that Crawford will again, at some point, be called for jury duty.” Crawford v. Hinds County Board of Supervisors, No. 20-60372 (June 16, 2021) (citations omitted).
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