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Justices seem concerned about the conviction of the Mississippi

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The last arguments of the Supreme Court about the exclusion of black jury members.

The Supreme Court is likely to throw away the death sentence and the conviction of a black Mississippi man because the prosecutor has wrongly excluded African-American judges.

The arguments of the court on Wednesday were enlivened at the end with questions from Justice Clarence Thomas.

A clear majority of the court was concerned about the actions of public prosecutor Doug Evans in the prosecution of prisoner Curtis Flowers.

Thomas is the only African-American at the court and hardly ever asks questions on arguments. But after his colleagues had peppered lawyers with questions about striking African Americans from the jury, Thomas asked if the Flowers lawyer also had jury members and which breed had apologized.

The lawyer of the Supreme Court of Flowers responded that the attorney excused three white jurors.

The Supreme Court hears arguments about the decision of a Mississippi attorney to keep African-Americans away from the black death row jury in a murder case.

The appeal comes from prisoner Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime.

Three convictions were thrown out, including when the prosecutor had wrongly excluded African-Americans from the jury. Two other processes ended when jury members could not make unanimous judgments.

Flowers argues that the court should drop its last conviction and death sentence for killing four people because of the racist preference for jury selection during its sixth trial.

The Supreme Court tried in 1986 to end discrimination in the composition of juries, but it was more difficult to eradicate it in practice.

CTM News | 20th March 2019

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