California Supreme Court Overturns Three Convictions After Finding Racial Tampering in Jury Selection

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In what’s being described as a “watershed” decision, the California Supreme Court has overturned three convictions after finding a prosecutor had intentionally excluded Latinx candidates from the jury.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the unanimous decision “appeared intended to send a clear signal to prosecutors, defense lawyers and the lower courts that charges of racially motivated juror exclusions must be taken seriously.”

From Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar’s decision:

“It is not only litigants who are harmed when the right to trial by impartial jury is abridged,” Cuellar wrote Thursday. “Taints of discriminatory bias in jury selection — actual or perceived — erode confidence in the adjudicative process, undermining the public’s trust in courts.”

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Two of the convictions that were overturned were for attempted murder.

Staff writer, The Root.

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