Nov 3, 2015
Fault Lines Links – SCOTUS Examines Evidence of Racial Bias In Jury Dismissal
Nov. 3, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, the links today:
- On Monday, the US Supreme Court began examining whether racial bias in jury dismissal by prosecutors was constitutional in the case of black man Timothy Tyrone Foster. Six of the nine justices indicated that black juror’s were improperly dismissed. Foster was convicted of murdering an elderly white woman in Georgia and seeks a new trial.
- The trial of former Orlando Officer William Escobar has begun. Escobar is charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery and two counts of misdemeanor perjury in the brutal arrest of Rufus Holloway in March 2014.
- Pennsylvania Officer Lisa Mearkle’s trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed Daniel Kassick in February will commence on Tuesday. Mearkle is charged with third degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Mearkle claims she believed that Kassick was reaching for a weapon when she shot him twice in the back after fleeing a traffic stop.
- Former Oklahoma Officer William Holtzclaw’s trial started on Monday. Holtzclaw faces 36 charges ranging from burglary to sexual assault for crimes committed while on duty.
- LA County sheriff’s sergeant Eric Gonzalez was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in the violent beating of handcuffed Gabriel Carillo in 2011 and the cover up of the incident.