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City of Seattle v. Erickson

Washington Supreme Court
188 Wash.2d 721, 398 P.3d 1124 (2017)


Matthew Erickson (defendant), a black man, was charged by the City of Seattle (plaintiff) with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. Following voir dire in the Seattle Municipal Court, the City used a peremptory strike against the only black jury member on the panel. Erickson objected, contending that the peremptory challenge was motivated solely by race. The trial court concluded that there was no pattern of discrimination, partly because other people of color were not struck from the jury, and so there was no prima facie showing of discrimination. On this basis, the court overruled Erickson’s objection to the peremptory challenge. Erickson appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Owens, J.)

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