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Supreme Court Finds Racial Bias in Texas Jury Selection

Thomas Miller-El
The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for an African American death row inmate, saying Texas prosecutors chose jury members based on race.

In a 6-3 decision Monday, the court ruled in favor of Thomas Miller-El, convicted of capital murder in 1986 by a Dallas court on charges he killed a hotel clerk during an armed robbery the year before.

The Supreme Court ruling says there is strong evidence that prosecutors were selecting and rejecting potential jurors because of race, on the assumption that African Americans would be sympathetic to the defendant. The decision says prosecutors dismissed 91-percent of potential black jurors, a disparity unlikely to have been produced by happenstance.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.