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Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, March 1.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Dean v. United States. Douglas Berman has our preview.

Berghuis v. Smith

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1402 6th Cir. Jan 20, 2010
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Mar 30, 2010 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2009
 
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Holding: Defendants have the right to a trial by a jury selected from a fair cross-section of the community. In this case, in which an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury selected from a pool that contained a very small percentage of African Americans, the Court held that the underrepresentation of African-Americans in the jury pool was not serious enough to warrant overturning the conviction, and that there was not enough evidence of systematic exclusion of black jurors from the pool.

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Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on March 30, 2010. Justice Thomas filed a concurring opinion.

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