Juror Barney Gattie, once said, “After studying the Bible, I have wondered if black people even have souls,” court filings say.
Gattie has since died. That and other racist statements by Gattie are the basis of the latest appeal for Keith Tharpe. State courts and, last week, a federal judge in Macon have all rejected Tharpe's motion to reopen his case. His legal team has now appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.