Supreme Court Rules to Remove Race Discrimination from Juries
Foster v. Chatman was originally a case about Timothy Foster, a black man who was accused of killing a 79-year-old white woman in Georgia in 1986. But the case that was brought to the Supreme Court earlier this month was about the racial makeup of the jury. The defense argued that the prosecution had removed all of the black potential jurors because of their race. Using precedent set by a previous case, Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court upheld (7-1) that it was unconstitutional to base jury selection on race, overturning Foster’s death sentence, and safeguarding against future racial disparities.
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