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Argument analysis: Justices seem receptive to inmate’s juror-discrimination claims

The Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in the case of an African-American death-row inmate in Mississippi who was convicted by a jury that included just one African-American juror. The inmate, Curtis Flowers, argues that the jury selection in his case violates the Constitution – especially because the lead prosecutor had a long history of eliminating potential African-American jurors from the jury pool. After nearly an hour of oral argument that included the first questions by Justice C...
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Clarence Thomas Breaks a Three-Year Silence at Supreme Court

Justice Thomas asked questions in the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for murder. The court will decide whether jury selection was marred by racial discrimination.
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Justice Thomas speaks as U.S. top court confronts racial bias in jury selection

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared poised to side with a black Mississippi death row inmate put on trial six times for a 1996 quadruple murder who accused a prosecutor of repeatedly blocking black potential jurors, though the court's only black member sounded skeptical. Justice Clarence Thomas, who had not posed a question during an oral argument in three years, asked several in the case involving Curtis Flowers, 48, who has argued that his constitutional right to a fair trial was violated. ...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Thomas, U S Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, Curtis Flowers

A “view” from the courtroom: Trials of Mississippi

Today will bring an intense hour of argument about race in jury selection in the case of a Mississippi man who has been tried six times by the same prosecutor, which will culminate in a series of short questions by Justice Clarence Thomas, his first during oral argument in three years. But first, there are a couple of lighter moments. Justice Thomas questions petitioner’s lawyer in Flowers v. Mississippi (Art Lien) Chief Justice John Roberts announces that Justice Stephen Breyer has the co...
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Six trials for same murders: Supreme Court frowns on racial jury selection tactics of Mississippi prosecutor

After six trials for the same crime, Curtis Flowers from Mississippi reached the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday in hopes of winning another chance.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Clarence Thomas Speaks Up At SCOTUS Arguments For First Time In 3 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas is asking his first questions at Supreme Court arguments in more than three years. Arguments were almost over Wednesday in a case about racial discrimination in the South when the court’s only African-American member and lone Southerner piped up. The case involves a black Mississippi death row inmate who’s been tried six times for murder and a white prosecutor with a history of using jury strikes to exclude African-Americans. Thomas wanted to know if t...
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Mississippi death row inmate, after six trials, claims race discrimination

Curtis Flowers, an African-American man on death row, was tried five times for the 1996 murder of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. But it was only in 2010, after his sixth trial, that a conviction stuck and Flowers was sentenced to death.
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Rounding-up some news and commentary as SCOTUS hears argument on latest round of capital insanity

Albert Einstein is generally credited with the aphorism that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results." That quote came to mind as I was thinking about the Supreme Court's consideration this morning of a Batson claim in Flowers v. Mississippi. Here is a brief accounting of just some of the backstory of this case (with emphasis added) from this SCOTUSblog post when cert was granted: [T]he justices will once again review the case of ...
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Justices take up racial bias in Mississippi jury selection

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over a Mississippi prosecutor’s decision to keep African-Americans off a black death row inmate’s jury in a murder trial. The appeal before the court Wednesday comes from inmate Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Three convictions were tossed out, including […]
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Supreme Court To Hear Case On Racial Bias In Jury Selection

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn’t get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials. Three convictions were tossed out, and two other juries couldn’t reach unanimous verdicts. This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether his conviction and death sentence in a sixth trial should stand or be overturned for a familiar reason: because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury. The ju...
Tags: News, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Kentucky, Georgia, Ap, Davis, Evans, Jackson, Flowers, Racial Profiling, U S Supreme Court, Mississippi Supreme Court, Jason Davis, Jim Hood, Doug Evans

High court again eyes reasons for removing black jurors

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn’t get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials. Three convictions were tossed out and two other juries couldn’t reach unanimous verdicts. This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether his conviction and death sentence […]
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Argument preview: Justices to weigh allegations of racial discrimination in jury selection

During jury selection, some potential jurors can be removed “for cause” – that is, when a judge believes that a juror cannot be impartial in deciding the case. The lawyers trying the case also have a certain number of “peremptory strikes,” which allow them to reject jurors without providing a reason. However, the Supreme Court ruled in Batson v. Kentucky that prosecutors cannot use their peremptory strikes to remove prospective jurors from the jury pool based only on the jurors’ race. Next week ...
Tags: Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Evans, Flowers, Foster, U S Supreme Court, Howe, Mississippi Supreme Court, Chatman, Doug Evans, Merits Cases, Batson, Curtis Flowers

The 15 podcasts you needed to hear in 2018: ‘In The Dark,’ ‘Bear Brook,’ ‘Caliphate’ and more

This is the year I converted to podcasts. True crime, comedy, music, and … Victorian literature? Cold cases. Investigative reporting. Pop culture. There’s a lot of great stuff out there, so much that I’ve experienced something like listener’s guilt, that feeling that you’re not keeping up with your current pods, not discovering all the great new ones before your friends. There’s probably a cool word for this in German but if you’re a pod nerd like me you surely recognize the feeling. So I listen...
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Busy afternoon at the Supreme Court: Six grants and one reargument order, but no stay in census dispute

This afternoon the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ private conference. The justices added six new cases, for a total of five hours of oral argument, to their merits docket for the term, and they ordered reargument in a case that was argued before Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court. In a separate order, the justices also rejected the government’s request to delay the trial in a dispute over a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 census. Perhaps the biggest news of the d...
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'In The Dark,' Examines Death Row Case Of Curtis Flowers

Curtis Flowers has been tried for the same quadruple murder 6 times in Mississippi. Nearly each time, he won on appeal. Steve Inskeep talks to Madeleine Baran and Will Craft of podcast In The Dark.
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Joe Berlinger’s Documentary Series Wrong Man Debuting June 3 on Starz

Joe Berlinger’s documentary series Wrong Man debuting June 3 on Starz Starz has announced that its new original series Wrong Man will premiere Sunday, June 3rd at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This groundbreaking six-episode documentary series from Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost) examines three different inmates who have been incarcerated for decades and claim they are innocent. The series will uncover new theories, offer alternate suspects, and reveal sta...
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