Batson v. Kentucky
Newly constituted NC Supreme Court revisits the issue of racial discrimination in jury selection
High court weighs whether prosecutors used a ‘cheat sheet’ to eliminate Black people from a death penalty case jury pool The North Carolina Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether a Forsyth County prosecutor used a “cheat sheet” to remove Black people from a jury in a capital trial in 1996.
Report: NC Supreme Court jury race discrimination decision part of nationwide trend
The North Carolina Supreme Court is part of a growing number of state courts addressing unconscious racism, also known as implicit bias, in jury selection, according to a new report from The Marshall Project. NC Policy Watch reported in early May about the state’s highest court historic ruling in a jury discrimination case. For the first […]
NC Supreme Court rules historically in jury race discrimination case
The North Carolina Supreme Court made history yesterday in a jury discrimination case opinion by giving lower courts guidance for the first time about how to dig deeper and better assess claims of racial discrimination in jury selection. North Carolina appellate courts have never acknowledged race discrimination against jurors of color; it stands alone in […]