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Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal at Clark

Faculty Mentor Contact Information

Mark C. Miller

Faculty Mentor Email

mmiller@clarku.edu

Abstract

The rise of publicized police brutality cases (but not the rise in number of cases themselves) has resulted in an increase of public scrutiny of the court process. More often than not, police officers are found not guilty by a jury of their peers, only for the public to later find out that the jury was composed almost entirely of whites. How did this process start? How does it persist? Has the legal system attempted to address this problem, and discrimination in the jury selection process in general? By examining past Supreme Court decisions, this review explores the ways that the Supreme Court has addressed racial and gender discrimination in the jury selection process. However, since the Court does not have enforcement powers, this review also explores the tactics that prosecutors have developed to skirt around their opinions.

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