Beyond Batson’s Scrutiny: A Preliminary Look at Racial Disparities in Prosecutorial Preemptory Strikes Following the Passage of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act

Abstract

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ................................................................................. 1625 I. RACE BIAS, RACIAL DIVERSITY, AND JURY SELECTION.............. 1628 A. The Emergence of the Batson Regime ............................... 1630 B. The Racial Justice Act: A Different Tact ........................... 1633 II. STUDYING THE FIRST SEVEN CASES ......................................... 1635 A. Data and Methods ........................................................... 1635 B. Results ............................................................................. 1637 1. Comparison of Strike Patterns ................................. 1637 2. Comparison of Strike Patterns — Cases Five Years Preand Post-RJA ...................................................... 1640 3. Strike Disparities by County .................................... 1641 4. Strike Patterns by the Defendant’s Race ................... 1642 III. PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH SUGGESTING THE RJA MIGHT WORK ..................................................................................... 1644

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@inproceedings{OBrien2013BeyondBS, title={Beyond Batson’s Scrutiny: A Preliminary Look at Racial Disparities in Prosecutorial Preemptory Strikes Following the Passage of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act}, author={Barbara M. O’Brien and Catherine M. Grosso}, year={2013} }