Batson v. Kentucky
United States Supreme Court
476 U.S. 79 (1986)
Batson (defendant) was indicted for burglary and receipt of stolen goods. During voir dire, the prosecutor used his peremptory challenges to strike all the African Americans on the venire. Batson moved to discharge the jury, claiming that the removal of all African Americans violated his rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The trial judge denied the request and Batson was convicted on both counts.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
Concurrence (Marshall, J.)
Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)
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