CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the prosecutor’s removal of the only minority juror was race neutral?
Defendant was convicted of theft. He appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that: (1) the trial erred by denying his challenge to the prosecutor’s peremptory strike of the only minority juror; and (2) abused its discretion by admitting surveillance footage without proper authentication. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that: (1) the struck juror’s recent criminal record was a race neutral reason for removal; and (2) it was proper to admit the surveillance footage based on the district manager’s authentication. Affirmed.
State v. Brown, A20-0759, Scott County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.