Blacks Excluded From Juries for Being Too Old, Young, Single, Divorced, Poor, Bad Posture…

Blacks Excluded From Juries for Being Too Old, Young, Single, Divorced, Poor, Bad Posture…
August 17 10:01 2015 Print This Article

In Shreveport, Louisiana, prosecutors use every reason imaginable to exclude blacks from potential juries.

According to DallasNews, potential black jurors were dismissed for the following reasons: “Young or old, single or divorced, religious or not, failed to make eye contact, lived in a poor part of town, had served in the military, had a hyphenated last name, displayed bad posture, were sullen, disrespectful or talkative, had long hair, wore a beard.”

Prosecutors are allowed to dismiss jurors using “peremptory challenges”, which basically means lawyers can dismiss jurors for any reason at all.

Potential black jurors in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish are three times more likely to be kicked off juries than their non-white counterparts, a study found.

The group Reprieve Australia conducted the Caddo Parish study. They found that the likelihood of an acquittal rose with the number of blacks on the jury.

Ursula Noye, a researcher who helped with the report, said, “Next to voting……..participating in a jury is perhaps the most important civil right.”

“Caddo Parish is 48 percent black, and 83 percent of the defendants in the new study were black. But the typical 12-member criminal jury had fewer than four blacks on it,” DallasNews reports.

Most of these jurors weren’t dismissed with peremptory strikes, but because, “Blacks may be less likely to be on jury lists that are drawn from voter registration records, less likely to appear when called, more likely to qualify for hardship exemptions and more likely to be disqualified for felony convictions,” the paper reported.

Peremptory strikes, however, were an issue.

“Still, prosecutors here used peremptory strikes against 46 percent of the black potential jurors who remained, and against 15 percent of others. In 93 percent of trials, prosecutors struck a higher percentage of blacks than of others.”

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MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

Black Americans should make a point of graduating in law and also continue to expose these tactics. It's juries with little to no minority representation that end up misappropriating justice and perpetuating a racial divide in the application of justice. 

AllenShaw
AllenShaw

"Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Mark Twain's Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review"

It is the duty of the prosecutor to obtain a guilty verdict. Any means legally possible are to be used. The defense is required to represent the defendant.

It cost money to go to a trial and due diligence is required of the prosecutor to gain a guilty verdict.

The study probably shows that Blacks were kept off juries when the person being tried was Black! The attorney may believe that the individual could not understand or was resentful. 

The purpose for this challenge is the reason does not have to be explained and allows the personal opinion of the attorneys both prosecutor and defense to be accepted.

JMLewter
JMLewter

However, when 95% of prosecutors nationally are White males, the likelihood that Blacks will be excluded from jury duty is tremendous. Whether it is lawful and legal does not equate with right. Science has proven that Whites don't see blacks as sympathetically when it comes to their suffering and are unusually harsh when it comes to black defendants. We need a fair distribution of jurors in every case.