Monday, November 09, 2015

Minority jury participation...

I just found out about this story out of Oklahoma, a white cop is accused of several sexual assaults many of his victims were Black. He's about to go on trial where his jury is all white with four white males and four white females. Whoever has been Black to be evaluated for joining this jury has been removed and not even any alternate jurors are Black.

Sharp contrast to this story out of Louisville, Kentucky where a judge down there will dismiss a jury if there are no Blacks present.

A jury that somewhat reflects the accused seems to be fair, but how do we ensure that? Are there no Blacks on the jury for that police officer because there was passion as far as how they could reach a verdict of guilty? At the same time would this all-white jury be able to reach a verdict in spite of the races of this officer's victims?

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