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Batson v. Kentucky - Significance, Selecting The Jury, The Decision, Broadened In Scope, Further Readings

petitioner court respondent justices


James Kirkland Batson


State of Kentucky

Petitioner's Claim

That the state acted improperly in selecting a jury for Batson's trial.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

J. David Niehaus

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Rickie L. Pearson, Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 April 1986


That the case must return to the lower court, and the prosecutor shall have to provide to the judge valid, nondiscriminatory reasons for his dismissal of four African American potential jurors.

Related Cases

  • Swain v. Alabama, 380 U.S. 202 (1965).
  • Powers v. Ohio, 499 U.S. 400 (1991).
  • J.E.B. v. State ex rel. T.B., 511 U.S. 127 (1994).
  • State v. Bryant, 662 N.E.2d 846 (1995).
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