Message From District Attorney Lykos

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District Attorney Lykos has publicly admonished two of her prosecutors for “negligently” striking seven black people from a jury pool during the jury selection process.

Murray Newman’s brilliant explanation is here.

I don’t know if DA Lykos meant to send this message but she has. In addition to the already-in-place prohibition against striking jurors based on race, her ADAs now have to take jurors’ race into consideration when placing them on a jury. I thought Lady Justice was supposed to be color blind, but she isn’t.

KEVIN WHITED ADDS: Mark Bennett comments on the matter here. Bennett and Newman are consistently providing some of the best commentary on local law and politics.

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