SCOTUS tosses black inmate's murder conviction

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    Another example of Supreme Court judges thinking for themselves after being appointed:

    "The U.S. Supreme Court, confronting racial bias in the American criminal justice system, on Friday threw out a black Mississippi death row inmate's conviction in his sixth trial for a 1996 quadruple murder conviction, finding that a prosecutor unlawfully blocked black potential jurors.
    The court, in a 7-2 ruling written by conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, found that the prosecutor's actions violated the right of Curtis Flowers, 49, under the U.S. Constitution to receive a fair trial. The ruling does not preclude Mississippi from putting Flowers on trial for a seventh time.
    Kavanaugh, appointed by President Donald Trump last year, wrote that the prosecutors sought to strike black jurors through all six trials. Prosecutors "engaged in dramatically disparate questioning of black and white prospective jurors" at his sixth trial, Kavanaugh added.
    The prosecution's decision in the most recent trial to strike one black juror in particular "was motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent," Kavanaugh wrote.
    The decision was the latest of several in recent years in which the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of individual criminal defendants on race-related issues."


    Citing racial bias, U.S. high court tosses black man's murder conviction
     
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    This was such an egregious case that it is amazing even two justices thought this was acceptable.

    Again, they've tried this poor guy six times so far, and this ruling allows them to prosecute him again. So I'm not sure what the victory here is.

    (Of course, if he really killed those four people, then this is a case of legal malpractice if they've tried this guy six times and still haven't gotten it right.)
     
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    This is the first I've heard of this. I thought voir dire was used by defense and prosecution alike to gain what they believe to be a jury most likely to see it their way. Jury consultants get paid a pretty penny to help choose a jury favorable to their side.
     
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    True, this is how it is supposed to work.

    However, when you are a poor black defendant and this is your SIXTH trial on the same case, you are lucky if you can afford a lawyer who will stay awake during proceedings.
     
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    When you consider who the two justices are it really isn’t amazing.
     
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    In this case voir dire was used by a racist prosecutor intent on keeping black jurors off the jury.
     
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    ...the OJ trial proved blacks vote for race, not evidence/facts/common sense
    .....the last few years prove blacks don't care about evidence/facts/common sense when they loot/burn/riot BEFORE there is ANY evidence/facts/etc
    ...they want the verdicts to go their way or they will loot/burn/destroy
    HERE--they say FK the court system/evidence/facts/etc:
    Protesters promise mass shutdowns if Stockley isn’t convicted
    ..this is one of the reasons their culture is a failure
     
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    The only failure I see is your White Trash ass.

    The OJ Trial proved that if you have enough money, you can beat any rap, because cops are kind of incompetent.
     
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    no--mostly racist blacks on the jury
     
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    cops are incompetent???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ahahhahahahah--had nothing to do with the case
     

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