CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether defendant failed to prove that State’s peremptory strike of only non-white juror was a pretext for racial discrimination?
Defendant was convicted of criminal sexual conduct. During the trial, the State use a peremptory strike to remove the only non-white juror from the jury. Defendant objection’s was overruled. Defendant appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that the State’s peremptory strike of the only non-white juror was racial discrimination. The Minnesota Supreme Court held that the defendant failed to prove that the State’s use of a peremptory strike on the only non-white juror was a pretext for racial discrimination. Conviction affirmed.
State v. Lufkins, A19-1809, Minnesota Supreme Court.
Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.