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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
James Batson v. Kentucky
Citation:476 U.S. 79 (1986)
Batson (defendant) was on trial for second-degree burglary and receipt of stolen goods. After voir dire, the prosecutor used his peremptory challenges to strike all four Black people from the jury pool. Only white people remained on the jury. Batson moved to discharge the jury, arguing that the prosecutor’s removal of the Black jurors violated the Fourteenth Amendment. The judge denied Batson’s motion.
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