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Prosecuter excused the only 2 african americans in the jury there for an all white jury is at hand?

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Prosecuter excused the only 2 african americans in the jury there for an all white jury is at hand?

Postby cuchulain » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:03 pm

Case Study

Fact Pattern: Defendant Woodson is an African-American male accused of murdering a white female in an apartment burglary. During the jury selection process, Prosecutor Forbes exercises only two peremptory challenges, excusing from service the only two African-Americans in the jury. An all-white jury is eventually empanelled, and Defendant Woodson is convicted of first-degree murder, with life imprisonment imposed as punishment.
After the jury verdict is announced, Prosecutor Forbes is questioned by the local media concerning his exercise of the peremptory challenges. Prosecutor Forbes explains that race was not a factor in his decision, but that the two potential jurors were excused “because they have facial hair, and as a matter of practice, I do not want individuals with facial hair serving on my jury.” Further, Prosecutor Forbes states “I categorically deny that race played any factor whatsoever in the jury selection process.”
On appeal, should the appellate court:
1) deem Prosecutor Forbes’ actions reversible error, and remand the case to the trial court level to be retried;
2) vacate (nullify) the jury verdict, and dismiss the charges against Defendant Woodson; or
3) allow the conviction to stand?
Should prosecutors be allowed to consider race as a factor in the jury selection process? Gender? Age?

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Prosecuter excused the only 2 african americans in the jury there for an all white jury is at hand?

Postby hulbart » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:04 pm

Issue: Can you skate by?
Rule: Possibly.
Analysis: You want to.
Conclusion: Do your own work.
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Prosecuter excused the only 2 african americans in the jury there for an all white jury is at hand?

Postby naseem » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Prosecution OR defense peremptory challenges cannot be challenged. That is essentially the meaning of the word, they do not have to be explained.

Race, gender, age, religion, facial hair, or any other reason (or none at all) can be used for peremptory challenges.

Unless there is evidence that the loss of the black jurors specifically cause a miscarriage, the verdict stands.
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