Curtis Flowers and the question of racial bias in jury selection

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The U.S. Supreme Court. Photo credit: Matt Wade/CC 2.0, via Flickr

Race is not supposed to be considered when attorneys select a jury. But last week, the Supreme Court heard a case in which the plaintiffs say the prosecutor repeatedly sought to get rid of black jurors in order to win a conviction against their black client. That client is Curtis Flowers. He’s been on death row in Mississippi for decades, convicted of a quadruple homicide that occurred in 1996. Flowers has been tried six times. Each time, his conviction was thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct or hung juries. Now the Supreme Court will have the final say. This case is the subject of the podcast In the Dark.