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Supreme Court hears jury discrimination case

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court Monday heard arguments in the case Miller-El v. Dretke (03-9659), reconsidering whether a black defendant was unfairly convicted and sentenced by a jury that included only 1 black juror). The Supreme Court ruled [PDF] 8-1 last year (Justice Thomas dissenting) that there was a strong suspicion of discrimination in the jury selection, and ordered the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the conviction. The Circuit Court reaffirmed [PDF] the conviction of Thomas Miller-El for the murder of a 25 year old motel clerk in Dallas in 1985. The Supreme Court ruling is expected by July. AP has more.

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