The US Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of an African-American man who was tried six times for a quadruple murder, saying the exclusion of black jurors was unconstitutional. In his cases, the same prosecutor struck 41 of 42 prospective black jurors.
Flowers has been in jail more than 22 years, since his arrest after four people were found shot to death in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, in July 1996. The second season, which debuted earlier this year, starts by introducing Flowers as "a black man from a small town in MS who has spent the last twenty-one years fighting for his life, and a white prosecutor who has spent that same time trying just as hard to execute him".
Those appellate courts identified Batson violations - that is, instances in which Evans purposefully excluded black jurors due to their race - in two of those trials.
Evans' efforts to keep black jurors off of Flowers' case were at the center of Flowers' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the fourth and fifth trials, the prosecutor ran out of strikes - meaning he had used up the limited number of prospective jurors he could eliminate from the jury for no reason.
The case was the subject of an award-winning podcast by American Public Media called "In the Dark", which featured a recantation of a jailhouse informant who had testified Flowers confessed to him. "Even supposing the court's conception could well boost its self-importance, it also needlessly prolongs the suffering of 4 victims' families", he wrote.
"Much of the court's opinion is a paean to Batson v. Kentucky, which requires that a duly convicted criminal go free because a juror was arguably deprived of his right to serve on the jury", Thomas wrote.
His opinion pointed out that one excluded black juror in sing, Carolyn Wright, became as soon as "similarly located" to white jurors whom the prosecution did not oppose. Three times, the Mississippi Supreme Court said that the prosecutor had committed prosecutorial misconduct - and not some trivial things, things like lying about evidence that didn't exist and discrimination in the selection of juries.
Stocks gain, dollar weakens after Fed signals possible rate cuts
Although the G20 poses a risk for financial markets and gold, Otunuga said that the yellow metal's technical outlook is bullish. Officials indicated that they expected to cut rates next year, reducing the median Fed funds rate forecast to 2.1% for 2020.
Flowers is accused of killing four people, execution-style, in a furniture store in 1996 in the town of Winona.
While lawyers have broad discretion, the Supreme Court has banned peremptory challenges used exclusively on the basis of race, ethnicity or sex.
Evans has attempted to convict Plant life six events over time: in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010. And then, in the sixth case, there's only one, and he's convicted. The Supreme Court tried to end discrimination in the composition of juries in 1986, but it has been harder to root out in practice.
The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the sixth conviction, however the US Supreme Court overturned it on Friday. Today, he wrote an opinion for himself and Justice Thomas, and he said - he noted that the court had at least once before had this case before it and sent it back for re-evaluation. His lawyers asked the justices to hold that the prosecutor, Doug Evans, who brought each case, broke the law by engaging in race discrimination during jury selection.
The court's decision now sets the stage for an unprecedented potential seventh trial. The media often seeks to titillate rather than educate and inform.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote the majority opinion, said the state had "engaged in dramatically disparate questioning" of prospective jurors based on race. The dissenters here were Justice Thomas and Justice Gorsuch.
Vegetation had worked on the retailer, however had lately been fired.
The state could still put him on trial a seventh time.