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Old 06-10-2010, 04:53 PM
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African American Mississippi man starts record sixth murder trial

CRIMINAL JUSTICE — BY BILL QUIGLEY ON JUNE 10, 2010 AT 9:00 AM
Audrey Stewart and Davida Finger also contributed to this article
An African American man, Curtis Flowers, made history this week when he became the first person in U.S. history to ever go on trial for murder six times for the same crime. Mr. Flowers has been in jail in Mississippi since 1996, accused of the murder of four people at a furniture store. Jury selection started this week in tiny Winona Mississippi, population 5,482.
Mr. Flowers has been in jail since 1996 awaiting trial and was previously tried for these murders in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2008. All either ended in hung juries or overturned convictions. The five previous trials have already cost the State of Mississippi over $300,000.
Winona, known as the “Crossroads of Mississippi,” is a small town in a small poor rural county 120 miles south of Memphis and about 100 miles north of Jackson Mississippi. Winona is in Montgomery County. The total population of the county is just over 12,000. The county is 45 percent African American. The median home value in Winona is $51,000.
A 1997 conviction of Mr. Flowers was reversed by the Mississippi Supreme Court because the prosecution improperly used theatrics and irrelevant evidence of other crimes to inflame and prejudice the jury. A 1999 conviction was reversed because the prosecution used hearsay evidence and twisted the facts before the jury.
A 2004 conviction was reversed after the prosecutor exercised all fifteen of his peremptory strikes on African Americans. The Mississippi Supreme Court said that trial “presents us with as strong a prima facie case of racial discrimination as we have ever seen…”
The fourth and fifth trials ended in mistrials when the juries were not able to reach a unanimous verdict.
In the 2007 trial, five African American jurors voted to acquit and the seven white jurors voted to convict. In the 2008 trial, a retired African American teacher held out for acquittal. The prosecutor later charged that juror with perjury, only to drop the charge.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:01 PM
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Holy shit.

WTF haven't they moved this trial out of the county? Try it somewhere else and be DONE with it one way or the other. That would solve 99% of the problem here.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:03 PM
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Not gonna lie, when I saw your thread name (and hadn't seen that it was in News & Politics), I was hoping someone had tried to rush six times.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:06 PM
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Holy shit.

WTF haven't they moved this trial out of the county? Try it somewhere else and be DONE with it one way or the other. That would solve 99% of the problem here.
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Exactly @ Drole by the time this goes to trial if he gets convicted, he will probably get time shaved off for time served if he is incarcerated at present
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