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Black prospective juror arrested during jury service

The Legal Profession Blog reports on an ugly murder case out of New Jersey. Click here. A prosecutor tried to remove a Black prospective juror, F.G., for cause. When the judge ruled against the State, the prosecutor ran a records check on F.G., found a warrant and told the judge. The judge and the prosecutor then decided to dismiss F.G., wish him a good day, and have him arrested outside the presence of the jury pool. The jury ultimately convicted the defendant of murder, but due to F.G.’s arrest the New Jersey court of appeals reversed the conviction based on a Batson-type analysis.

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