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Supreme Court overturns Mississippi murder conviction, citing racial bias

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the murder conviction of an African American man from Mississippi who had been tried six times by nearly all-white juries.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, said the prosecutor had wrongly excluded potential black jurors because of their race.

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh speaking for the court, said the prosecutor had displayed a pattern of racial bias in selecting jurors in the case of defendant Curtis Flowers.

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