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Why Black Jurors Matter

Why Black Jurors Matter

In America’s criminal courtrooms, it is no secret that prosecutors, whether it be Assistant State Attorneys prosecuting for the State of Florida or Assistant United States Attorneys prosecuting for the Federal Government, will use peremptory challenges to strike “black, brown and yellow skinned” people from sitting on criminal juries. Having picked tens of juries, through my years of criminal trial practice, it still amazes me at the amount angst prosecutors demonstrate at the sight of “black, brown and yellow skinned” people on jury venires. Governmental striking of people from jury panels, because of their skin color is a very important body of law that must be strictly adhered too, if justice is to prevail for the accused. Furthermore, for the community to feel they are properly represented and their voices… […]

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