LatinoJustice Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Ruling Regarding Jury Racial Bias

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2017

Contact: Christiaan Perez, Manager of advocacy and Digital Strategy, 212-739-7581, cperez@latinojustice.org

“Racial discrimination plays a pernicious role in our criminal justice system – a role that Latino defendants and victims of crime know only too well. Faced with an evidence rule in Colorado that bars inquiries into jury deliberations, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the constitutional right to a fair jury trial supersedes these procedural hurdles. Racial bias has no place in the jury room nor anywhere during the engagement points of stops, arrests, charges, bail, conviction and sentencing decisions that Latinas and Latinos are subjected to every day in America. Today’s decision is a step in the ameliorating the worse aspects of bias and stereotypes that would have deprived persons of liberty if kept unchecked.” said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice

You can read the Amicus here.

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