Report Suggests Grenada Da Bias in Jury Selection

GRENADA, MS (Ben Caxton) — A new reports suggests that Grenada DA Doug Evans and his office may be biased in jury selection against the defendants they prosecute. A recently released analysis by American Public Media Reports concludes that the office has struck black potential jurors at a rate of more than four times the rate of white potential jurors. APM claims that in 225 of 418 criminal trials conducted between 1992 and 2017 in Evans’ district and found that prosecutors, in those trials, struck half of potential black jurors compared to 11 percent of white potential jurors, according to the report. Evans denies the allegations saying every trial jury selection is different. Still, in at least one high profile case the Mississippi Supreme Court has questioned Evans’ dismissal of potential black jurors.



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