Ban on Hiring Ex-Convicts Raises Title VII Concerns

Douglas El was only 15 when a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in 1960.

Although El denied gunning down his 16-year-old victim, he was among several black youths convicted for the gang-related homicide that year. Since serving his three-and-a-half year sentence, El has had three drug convictions, the last one more than 20 years ago.

The appeals court added El might have proceeded to trial had he brought forth even one expert who could testify, for example, that at some point in time an ex-felon is no more likely to commit a crime than the average citizen, thus countering SEPTA's evidence that even violent offenders who have been crime free for years are at least somewhat more likely than non-offenders to be violent.

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