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California Supreme Court Group to Examine Bias in Jury Selection

Posted Feb 5, 2020

The California Supreme Court is forming a working group to address discrimination in jury selection. The announcement was made after the court denied an appeal involving alleged jury discrimination in the murder conviction of two African American men. In that case, People v. Bryant, prosecutors dismissed all six potential African American jurors. A 1986 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Batson v. Kentucky, held that racial discrimination in the selection of jurors was unconstitutional. The California Supreme Court  stated that it was joining the dialogue of states adopting or considering “additional measures designed to address perceived shortcomings in the practical application of the Batson framework and to better ensure that juries represent a cross-section of the their communities.” See San Francisco Chronicle.