Thursday, August 20, 2015
Link to a Sobering Article on Race and Peremptory Challenges
A friend sent a link to an article that the New York Times recently published about the role of race in peremptory challenges by criminal prosecutors in jury voir dire. I've included the link in this blog post, and I highly recommend that you read the article. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/us/politics/exclusion-of-blacks-from-juries-raises-renewed-scrutiny.html?_r=1
I'd be interested to know what opinions the readership of this blog have about this issue. Is the article correct? If so, what is the right solution? Should prosecutors be allowed peremptories at all? The article quotes a law professor as stating that prosecutors have abused their use of peremptory challenges and should no longer be allowed to use them.