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Whitewashing the Jury Box

Monday, June 15, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Just Released: Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic's report, lead by CACJ Past President and UC Berkeley law professor Elisabeth Semel; Whitewashing the Jury Box: How California Perpetuates the Discriminatory Exclusion of Black and Latinx Jurors.

“The California Supreme Court went from a judiciary that championed the eradication of race-based strikes to a court majority that resists even the U.S. Supreme Court’s limited efforts to enforce Batson,”  Professor Elisabeth Semel says. “Our report examines the shift in the state supreme court’s approach. There simply is no effective judicial impediment to prosecutors who routinely remove Black and Latinx citizens for purportedly race-neutral reasons that are plainly related to racial stereotypes.”

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