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Teague v. Lane

489 U.S. 288 (1989)

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Teague v. Lane

United States Supreme Court

489 U.S. 288 (1989)

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Facts

Teague (defendant), an African American was convicted of attempted murder, armed robbery, and aggravated battery by an all-white jury. The prosecution used all of its peremptory challenges to exclude African Americans from sitting on the jury. On appeal, Teague argued that his right to be tried by a jury representing a cross-section of the community was violated. Teague lost all of his state appeals. He then filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in federal court. Teague argued that a new rule should be adopted and that the fair-cross-section requirement of the Sixth Amendment ought to apply to the petit jury and not only the pool of potential jurors.

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Issue

Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

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