TX Prosecutor Claims that his Boss "Encouraged" Prosecutors to Strike Blacks from Juries
A prosecutor from Wharton County Texas claims that he was "advised or encouraged" to strike black jurors as a matter of trial strategy. While many people believe that attorneys especially prosecutors strike potential jurors because of race, which violates Batson v Kentucky, proving such conduct has been historically difficult. This is one of the few times that I have actually heard of a prosecutor acknowledging that Batson violations are encouraged and promoted within the District Attorney's office. For another extreme example of a prosecutor encouraging subordinates to violate Batson watch this infamous training video put out by the Philadelphia DA's office 10 years after Batson was decided by the Supreme Court.