Black People : RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN JURY SELECTION

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Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection Remains Widespread, According to EJI Study...


June 10, 2010

Update: Civil rights leaders, community organizations, and policymakers are
responding to EJI's report calling for enforcement of anti-discrimination law
in jury selection.

Nearly 135 years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to
eliminate racial discrimination in jury selection, people of color continue to
be excluded from jury service because of their race, especially in serious
criminal trials and death penalty cases. EJI on June 1, 2010, released a new
report, “Illegal Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: A Continuing Legacy,”
which is the most comprehensive study of racial bias in jury selection since
the United States Supreme Court tried to limit the practice in Batson v.
Kentucky in 1986.

“The underrepresenation and exclusion of people of color from juries has
seriously undermined the credibility and reliability of the criminal justice
system, and there is an urgent need to end this practice,” said Bryan
Stevenson, EJI's Executive Director. “While courts sometimes have
attempted to remedy the problem of discriminatory jury selection, in too
many cases today we continue to see indifference to racial bias."

During two years of research in eight southern states (Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee), EJI
interviewed over 100 African-American citizens who were excluded from jury
service based on race and reviewed hundreds of court documents and
records.

For further info:
http://www.eji.org/eji/node/397
 

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the selection process, and in NYC duress of Jury duty is something that makes most Black folks uncomfortable, and most Black folks have a negative vibe about a court system we don't trust, and that whole penal environment.

Selection should be made in a city, state or federal office, via persons other then prosecutor, defense attorneys or judges

and more then likely the numbers will change.

Any person regardless of color will say things they would not usually say , in a place where they do no feel comfort or trust,

and potential jurors, at least in NYC are removed by the most minute and seemingly insignificant statements, gestures or facial expressions.

Also the fact that anyone may have known someone in jail, a freind or family member or has been a victim of a crime, is usually automatic non acceptance.

haveing a relative or spouse in any form of law enforcement is a big disqualifier as well.
 

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Indeed...This was going on with the Oscar Grant case and the BART shooting.

No blacks to serve on jury in murder trial for ex-BART cop

Yeah.

There are those who have said, not in these exact terms, 'don't concern
yourself with what yt is doing'. Okay well, apparently yt is concerned with us,
to the degree that whenever there is probability that cops are in the wrong in
their dealings with black folks, yt work to see to it that no blacks (unless
confident that uncle tom's ghost has taken possession of black folks),
will serve in a trial of that magnitude.

This also speaks to power.

In this case, who has it and who does not?
 

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