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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
J.E.B. v. Alabama
Citation:511 U.S. 127 (1994)
On behalf of relator T.B., the mother of a minor child, respondent State of Alabama filed a complaint for paternity and child support against petitioner J.E.B. in the district court. On October 21, 1991, the matter was called for trial and jury selection began. The trial court assembled a panel of 36 potential jurors, 12 males and 24 females. The State used 9 of its 10 peremptory strikes to remove male jurors; petitioners used all but one of his strikes to remove female jurors. As a result, all the selected jurors were female. Petitioner objected to the State’s peremptory challenges on the ground that they were exercised against male jurors solely on the basis of gender, in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
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