Judges recall drunken jurors as panel considers jury duty changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Getting out of jury duty may soon not be as simple as saying you've had one too many drinks.

Among several proposed changes designed to make more people eligible for jury duty would be the elimination of a law that allows lawyers to exclude jurors for any recent intoxication.

The Tennessee Judicial Council is also considering getting rid of a requirement that potential jurors' names be drawn out of a box by a child younger than 10 years old, or by a blindfolded adult. This provision is already widely ignored around the state.

The panel is also slated to consider lifting automatic exemptions for the disabled and the elderly and for certain professionals like doctors and lawyers.

Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature.

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