Overheard: The Conversation, in Context

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“I think he did it because he is Mexican and Mexican men take what they want.”


—Juror “H.C.” in Miguel Angel Pena-Rodriguez vs. Colorado, according to affidavits filed by two fellow jurors. A 2012 study of nearly 800 Florida trials found that juries drawn from all-white pools were 16 percent more likely to convict minority defendants than white defendants. The presence of just one minority in a jury pool equalized conviction rates. The authors speculate this is because prosecutors who veto minority candidates don’t have any vetoes left for white candidates that they believe are unlikely to convict.