قالب وردپرس درنا توس
Home / US / Supreme Court sentences Mississippi man on death row for 22-year prison sentence: NPR

Supreme Court sentences Mississippi man on death row for 22-year prison sentence: NPR



The Supreme Court can be seen in December 2018.

Eric Baradat / AFP / Getty Images


Hide caption

Caption switch

Eric Baradat / AFP / Getty Images

The Supreme Court can be seen in December 2018.

Eric Baradat / AFP / Getty Images

The Supreme Court has condemned the conviction of an African American death row inmate who was prosecuted six times for the same crime and the same prosecutor, a man with a history of racial bias in jury selection.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote for the 7-2 majority of the court: "The numbers speak a loud language." During the first four trials, there were 36 potential black jurors against whom the state could have waged a strike "All 36 go on strike."

Curtis Flowers spent 22 years on death row in Mississippi. In his cases, the same prosecutor struck 41 out of 42 black jurors.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the court's sole black justice, had the minority opinion, which in part also joined Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"The opinion of the majority is so obviously wrong that I have to turn to merit," wrote Thomas. "Flowers did not provide any evidence of intentional racial discrimination by the state in selecting the jury during the trial."

Curtis Flowers, whose murder case has been brought to court six times, will be seen in August 2017.

Mississippi Department of Corrections on AP


Hide Caption

Switch Caption

Mississippi Corrections Department on AP

Curtis Flowers, whose murder case has been tried six times, will be in August 2017.

Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP

Thomas added, "If today's opinion of the Tribunal has a redemptive quality, it is this: the state is at liberty to reprimand Curtis Flowers, otherwise the Opinion falsifies our legal standards, ignores the records, and reflects them Completely disregarding the careful analysis of the courts in Mississippi, any prosecutor in charge would have waged the same strike as the state in this case, and although the court's opinion could strengthen its self-esteem, it unnecessarily extends the suffering of the families of four victims with disagreement. "