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Currie v. McDowell, No. 13-16187 [June 8, 2016]

Currie v. McDowell

Currie’s prosecutor, Mr. Brown, has a “history of unconstitutional race-based peremptory strikes.” See Johnson v. California, 545 U.S. 162 (2005). Mr. Brown’s reasons for striking an African American juror “were all flawed – each reason was either unreasonable, demonstrably false, or applied just as well to the non-black jurors Brown allowed to remain on the jury.” Because the constitution forbids striking even a single prospective juror for a discriminatory purpose Court ruled that Currie’s habeas petition should be granted.

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