Use of Race in Peremptory Challenges Before Justices

, The National Law Journal


In the 102 cases during the past 20 years in which the California Supreme Court reviewed a claim that prosecutors struck prospective jurors on the basis of their race, that court found error only once—and that was 12 years ago. That "improbable record," California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu has observed, was attributable, at least in part, to his court's "erroneous legal framework" for evaluating so-called Batson claims.

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