SCOTUS orders new trial for black death row inmate convicted by all-white jury

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May 23, 2016
National Public Radio [US state media]    
Posted in News, PND News

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a black Georgia man convicted of murder by an all-white jury should have a new trial because the prosecution deliberately excluded African-Americans from the jury based on their race. The court's decision reversed as 'clearly erroneous' an earlier ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court, which had said the defendant had not proved racial discrimination in the selection of his jury. It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court set new rules to counter race discrimination in the seating of juries. But in some jurisdictions, the propensity to bar non-white jurors has persisted, even in capital cases such as the one against Timothy Foster, a black man accused of killing an elderly white woman." (05/23/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/23/479166026/supreme-court-orders-new-trial-for-black-death-row-inmate-convicted-by-all-white  

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