In a two-page Letter to the Editor of the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, she offered her full-throated support for changing the law on how grand juries are selected.Good for her! With the Republican DA of the state's largest county backing the idea, perhaps Whitmire's bill will find real legs. After all, he only has to get 19 votes in the senate now as opposed to 21 in years past. At a minimum, Anderson's position ensures opposition to the bill will be fragmented and vulnerable. I thought before this news hit that Whitmire's bill might find an untapped well of bipartisan support at the Lege. With a little luck, Anderson's vocal endorsement might put it over the top.
"The public is losing confidence in the grand jury system," Anderson wrote. "I support the efforts in the Texas Legislature to abolish the jury commissioner system."
Anderson, who called the current system "a historical anachronism," joins a chorus of calls for reform in the midst of fierce national debate over the diversity of the people picked to be grand jurors, an issue that has been spotlighted by several high-profile cases across the country.
MORE: See more background on the topic in a link-filled post from Radley Balko published last August.