During Black Man’s Trial, Louisville, Kentucky, Judge Olu Stevens Dismisses All-White Juries Twice for Lack of Diversity

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The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide whether a black Louisville judge abused his power after he reportedly stopped the drug trial of a black man because the jury was all-white.

According to the Courier-Journal, Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens dismissed the jury members despite concerns from both the defense and the prosecutor.

This isn’t the first time the judge has asked an all-white jury out of his courtroom. On Nov. 18, at the request of a defense attorney concerned that his client, who was on trial for theft, would not receive a fair judgment, Judge Stevens dismissed an all-white 13-member jury.

“There is not a single African-American on this jury and [the defendant] is an African-American man,” Stevens said to a jury on a courtroom recording. “I cannot in good conscious go forward with this jury.”

The newspaper notes that a new jury was called in the next day, four of whose members were black.

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Source: The Root |  STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.