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Civil Rights

Apr. 23, 2024

Alameda County to review death penalty cases following bias allegations

Jury selection notes released by District Attorney Pamela Price indicate prior administrations systematically excluded Black and Jewish jurors.

Current DA Pamela Price turned over internal documents for a judge's review. (Shutterstock)

The Alameda County District Attorney's office systematically excluded Black and Jewish jurors from sitting on death penalty cases for several decades, a federal judge in San Francisco found after reviewing prosecutor notes handed over by DA Pamela Price.

"I have the utmost respect for DA Price and her team and their decision to disclose the jury selection notes that [showed that] prior administrations engaged in a practice of automatically excluding Jewish and Black juror...

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