Someone said :
This confuses me. It seems like you're saying the gender of the jury members matter, but that would only matters if those people were sexist surely?
For example, if I were in that jury, I would be offended by someone flagging me as a "male" suggesting that therefore my judgment is compromised on a rape case.
It doesn't matter what the gender of the jury is, if they're all male or all female. Expecting gender bias seems sexist to me.
Following that logic, there is no need to aim at bringing more women to the Dáil: it is suggesting that chauvinistic pigs who have co-opted one another for the last centuries might be biased. Surely not! They can represent the laddettes as well as anyone, even if they are all 65 year-old farmers from Kerry.
Gender balance in a rape case is not about one individual male being a chauvinist or not. After all a woman could be a conservative religious who believes abused children should be punished and raped girls were looking for it.
Gender balance is about increasing a statistical balance, by being to a certain extend representative in the choice of "our peers".
So what would be interesting is to find out the gender balance of the initial jury pool: either is was balanced to start with, or it started unbalanced.
Then to find out how the jury selection removed more men or more women, proportionally, and in which proportion.
In other words, work out how statistically representatively this Jury was formed, knowing that it starts with a "random" selection from the Voter's registry.
Is the voter's registry gender balanced to start with?
If you started with 15 women and 15 men in the random panel, and ended up with only 3 women... what were the main reasons: they were excused more often, they were dismissed more often (by whom ? The judge, the Defense side or the Plaintiff side?)
I am sure if the jury was made of only 3 men, a lot of people who say it is a (man)-witch hunt, and a jury of feminists or some similar crap. It would probably be front page of the Sun!