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Strauder v. West Virginia

United States Supreme Court
100 U.S. 303 (1880)


Facts

West Virginia (plaintiff) enacted a statute limiting jury service to white males over the age of 21 who are state citizens. An all-white jury convicted Strauder (defendant), a black man, of murder. Strauder argues that his conviction by a jury selected under the West Virginia statute violated the Fourteenth Amendment.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Strong, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
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  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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