The convictions of three California men were overturned because one of the jurors who had ties to Black Lives Matter was removed from the case.
An appellate court found that the district attorney had asked a 25-year-old black juror “inappropriate questions”.
What are the details?
The cited questions had to do with the woman’s support for BLM, according to The Blaze.
The First Appellate District of California unanimously decided that the district attorney’s questions were proof of discrimination.
"Given the prosecutor's inappropriate questioning about Black Lives Matter, the absence of any clear and legitimate nondiscriminatory reasons for striking Juror 275, and the evidence of at least some historical discrimination by the prosecutor and other district attorneys in her office, the court's finding that defendants failed to establish a prima facie case of discrimination lacked substantial evidence," Justice Jim Humes wrote in the 70-page decision.
Humes later pointed out that there were other accusations of racism against the district attorney’s office and that they had definitely influenced the court’s decision.
"Moreover, there was evidence that the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office in general, and this prosecutor in particular, had in the past exercised peremptory challenges based on race," the judge wrote.
The three men who were convicted are all black and prosecutors believe they were involved in gang activities. They had been sentenced to life without parole.
"Our office is reviewing the opinion of the court. At this juncture, we intend to retry the defendants and ensure justice in this case,” the district attorney's office stated in response to the ruling.
An attorney defending the three men praised the judges’ ruling.
"The opinion speaks for itself. The Court of Appeal was clearly disturbed by some of the questionings by the prosecutor and the trial court's handling of it," he concluded.
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