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Too many John Grisham plots?

House Bill 1306 would require jurors to provide a Social Security, voter registration card or photo identification when they assemble for juror selection.

If a juror doesn’t have the ID with him, he must sign “a statement affirming, under penalty of perjury, that he is the named juror.”

“Is this a problem outside of movies and novels?” a member of the Senate Courts of Justice asked today when the bill came up for consideration.

Not that anyone on the committee could recall, but the bill had passed the House unanimously and Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, chairman of the courts committee’s civil subcommittee, said, “I move that the bill, whether it is necessary or not, be reported.” By a vote of 10-5, it went to the Senate.

By Alan Cooper

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