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August 2012 Archives

Inmate prevails in unfair jury battle

It took nearly a quarter-century of legal wrangling, but a California death row inmate convinced a federal appeals court that a racially biased jury convicted him or murder back in 1989. At the original trial, the inmate's attorney challenged the jury selection process, claiming that prosecutors were striking prospective jurors on the basis of their race. The defendant is Hispanic. The judge presiding at that trial asked the prosecutors the reasons for disqualifying some of the jury candidates, but he did not share that information with the defense.