Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Judge rules on former prosecutor's claims

Last month the Court asked a superior court judge to investigate a former prosecutor's claim that he and a judge systematically barred Jews and black women from capital juries. Yesterday, that superior court judge concluded that the prosecutor's claims were false, and that the former prosecutor is "dishonest and unethical."

The practical result is that Fred Freeman will likely have a much lower chance of being granted a new trial by the Court. Defense attorneys, however, aren't so quick to dismiss these claims as false; many are reviewing past cases in search of racial bias.

The SF Chronicle has this article.
CNN.com has this Reuters report.

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