SCOTUS Considers Race and Jury Selection

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Racial bias in America's criminal justice system is an old story, one that's on the docket today at the US Supreme Court. In 1987, 19-year-old Timothy Tyrone Foster was sentenced to death by an all-white jury for the brutal murder of a 79-year old white woman in Rome, Georgia. Today, his appeal reached the US Supreme Court. Foster's lawyers examined notes made by the prosecutors during jury selection when Foster was on trial, and claim the notes prove racial bias. Maurice Chammah, who covers crime and punishment for the Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the criminal justice system, discusses whether courtroom prejudice can be proved.

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