Jury dynamics

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

“We seriously live in a world where texting a white man to death is a crime but shooting a black...

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court, in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, announced “a constitutional rule that racial bias in the justice...

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court today, holding that it was ineffective assistance of counsel for...

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Prosecutors believe that all-white juries are more likely to convict Black or Hispanic defendants, leading many to systematically remove all...

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

For centuries, African Americans and others of non-European descent in America have been struggling to secure for themselves the most...

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

State v. Berry – How to Get Inadmissible Testimony in Front of the Jury

If you are a prosecutor, anyway:  When an objection is sustained, just keep asking similar questions so the jury can...

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

In Winkler v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a capital murder defendant’s case so that his attorneys...

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Last week a potential juror in York County, S.C. caused a bit of buzz when she appeared for jury duty...

The words we choose

The words we choose

I’ve been thinking a lot of how we talk to one another – the words we choose, or don’t choose...