Prosecutor could decide on seventh trial in MS case


But the state said Evans had offered race-neutral reasons in the most recent trial, in 2010, when the prosecutor struck five of six black potential jurors.

It is now up to the state of MS to decide whether or not to try Flowers a seventh time for the murders.

Evans had struck down five prospective black jurors.

"The first four times Evans prosecuted Flowers, he struck every black panelist that he could, 36 in all", they told the Supreme Court in a brief.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the only black justice on the Supreme Court, and Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was named to the court by President Donald Trump, dissented with the decision. Thomas called Kavanaugh's opinion "manifestly incorrect" and suggested that Flowers did not present any evidence to support his claims of racial discrimination. 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. "Reporters spent a year in MS investigating the case and uncovered compelling evidence of Flowers' innocence that helped bring the case to national prominence", APM Reports' Parker Yesko and Dave Mann note.

"Any competent prosecutor would have exercised the same strikes as the State did in this trial".

During that time the state Supreme Court three times threw out his murder conviction for prosecutorial misconduct.

The Supreme Court agreed in a 7-2 vote, saying Evans violated a law that says prosecutors can't exclude jurors without needing give a reason - a move known as a peremptory challenge. Friday's ruling applied that precedent and, Kavanaugh wrote, "we break no new legal ground".

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He was sentenced to death for the murders of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, in 1996. As a result, two black jurors were seated, and the juries deadlocked.

A handbook who answered the mobile telephone at Evans' rep 22 situation of industrial Friday morning said that he changed into as soon as in court docket and no longer valid now on hand for comment.

Flowers' lawyer, Sheri Lynn Johnson, expressed hope Flowers would not face another trial. "A seventh trial could well be unprecedented, and fully unwarranted given both the flimsiness of the evidence in opposition to him and the long path of misconduct that has kept him wrongfully incarcerated all these years". In 2016, the justices ordered Mississippi's top court to re-examine racial bias issues in Flowers' case following a high court ruling in favor of a Georgia inmate because of a racially discriminatory jury.

TOTENBERG: Well, Justice Thomas has always maintained that discrimination in jury selection is just not something the court should be involved in determining and that it's not for the defense to raise this - that it's only the jurors who can object to being discriminated against. He said that option was the case's lone "redeeming quality" and expressed more sympathy for the "four victims' families" than he did for an American citizen who the Supreme Court said didn't receive his constitutional right to a fair trial that is protected under the Sixth Amendment.

Racial bias in the jury selection process is an ongoing problem that the U.S.

Flowers is now on death row. But it was only in 2010, after his sixth trial, that a conviction stuck and Flowers was sentenced to death.

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