An attorney for Brazoria County’s former district clerk spoke out this week, offering his client’s version of the jury selection process that now has the office under investigation by the Texas Rangers Public Integrity Unit.

In an account first reported in Texas Monthly, attorney Chip Lewis said former clerk Rhonda Barchak’s office sorted potential juror cards into one stack of Pearland residents and another stack of non-Pearland residents. Then those would be divided into stacks of white and non-white people, he said. Barchak’s office would then use those stacks to assemble jury panels for upcoming trials.

This editorial was written by Yvonne Mintz, editor and publisher of The Facts.

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