The “Supremes” seemed troubled.
They all but sang their skepticism.
“All the evidence suggests a kind of singling out,” said Justice Elena Kagan.
There was “a purpose to discriminate on the basis of race,” said Justice Stephen Breyer.
And Justice Samuel Alito, one of the court’s more conservative members, asked how one prospective juror could have been excluded based on being “close in age to the defendant” when at the time of the 1987 murder trial, the juror in question was 34 and the defendant was 19.
It all took place this week in Washington in the hallowed halls of the United States Supreme Court, where the nine justices took on the issue of racial discrimination in a Georgia case in which an all-white jury sentenced a young black man to death.
At least six of the justices reacted with skepticism — if not outright disbelief — to arguments that Floyd County prosecutors struck all four of the eligible black jurors for reasons other than race in the death-penalty case against Timothy Tyrone Foster.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.