SJC hears case of juror dismissed after saying court system is ‘rigged’ against black defendants






WORCESTER — The state’s highest court will decide if a Brockton judge abused his discretion when he dismissed a prospective juror who said the “system is rigged” against African-Americans in a closely watched case that asks whether doubting the basic fairness of the judicial process represents bias or a simple statement of fact.

The case, which went before the full Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday, has drawn the interest of criminal defense lawyers, civil liberties advocates, and retired judges who contend that disqualifying jurors based on their beliefs about the fairness of the criminal justice system could have devastating consequences on the number of black people selected to juries. Large numbers of African-Americans believe the criminal justice…

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