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2nd Semester Constitutional History Notes 6.docx

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LAWS 2180
Alan Rogers

Gibson v. Mississippi (1896):All white jury again even though blacks outnumber white 7,000 v.s 1,500. Also, over course of 25 years noAfricanAmerican had ever been on the jury. Therefore they are being discriminatory duhh. The court says yeah you are right but you are on trial, just you, so unless you can prove that your trial in of itself is unfair, too bad. Patent v. Mississippi (1947): number of eligible black jurors is decreasing. However, tiny step towards racial equality. Avery v. Georgia (1953): Clerk discriminatorily chose jurors. Court says that the state must overcome the discriminatory practices, not the federal court. Turning Point!!!!: Smith v. Texas (1940): voting case: said that jury should be representative of the community. Now a precedent is set for future cases so that the court can overrule discriminatory practices. th 6 Amendment: right to have an attorney to right to have a competent attorney, then that was limited by Strickland as to what was needed to prove incompetence 6 Amendment: i
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