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Justice Sotomayor Argues People Familiar With FBI Crime Stats Should be Banned From Capital Case Juries

Juror said he understood non-whites to be more prone to violent crime.

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Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissenting opinion arguing that jurors who express familiarity with FBI crime stats should be banned from Capital case juries for “racial bias.”

Yes, really.

The opinion was in relation to Kristopher Love, a black man who was convicted of capital murder in the course of a robbery that happened in 2015.

Before Love’s trial, prospective members of the jury filled out a questionnaire which included the following two questions.

“68. Do you sometimes personally harbor bias against members of certain races or ethnic groups?”

“69. Do you believe that some races and/or ethnic groups tend to be more violent than others?”

The prospective juror answered no to the first question but then answered yes to the second and explained that he understood “[n]on-white” races to be the “more violent races” because he had seen statistics to this effect in “[n]ews reports and criminology classes” he had taken.

Despite the juror making clear that his views were based on statistics and not his personal feelings about black people, Love’s counsel moved to exclude the prospective juror based on “his stated beliefs that . . . non-whites commit more violent crimes than whites.”

“Leaving this man on the jury would be an invitation to leaving someone on there that might make a decision on Special Issue No. 1 that would ultimately lead to a sentence of death on his preconceived notions and beliefs that have to do with the race of the defendant,” counsel argued.

The trial court ended up denying counsel’s request to have the juror removed and Love was later sentenced to death.

Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion is republished in part below.

Cite as: 596 U. S. ____ (2022) 1
SOTOMAYOR, J., dissenting
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
KRISTOPHER LOVE v. TEXAS
ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS OF TEXAS
No. 21–5050. Decided April 18, 2022
The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE BREYER and
JUSTICE KAGAN join, dissenting from the denial of summary vacatur.

[…] The seating of a racially biased juror, therefore, can never be harmless. As with other forms of disqualifying bias, if even one racially biased juror is empaneled and the death penalty is imposed, “the State is disentitled to execute the sentence,” Morgan v. Illinois, 504 U. S. 719, 729 (1992).

In this case, petitioner Kristopher Love, a Black man, claims that one of the jurors in his capital trial was racially biased because the juror asserted during jury selection that “[n]on-white” races were statistically more violent than the white race. […]

The fact is that, for whatever reason, non-whites in America are more prone to commit violent crime than whites per capita. The statistics are indisputable.

“As we saw with Sotomayor’s embarrassing performance earlier this year while arguing in favor of vaccine mandates, she’s not very good with statistics,” writes Chris Menahan.

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Twitter Bans Multiple Antifa Accounts After Threats And Attempts To Burn Down Tesla Dealerships

Violent extreme leftists were allowed to organise riots on Twitter for years

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Elon Musk’s Twitter has suspended several accounts belonging to extreme leftist Antifa groups following years of incitement to violence culminating in threats to commit arson against Tesla facilities.

Journalist Andy Ngo tweeted the details, noting that while some accounts are suspended, others remain active:

As more accounts were suspended, Antifa chicken necks began to target Telsa:

The suspensions came after Musk asked for Twitter users last week to tell him what problems urgently needed fixing. Ngo responded, noting that Antifa uses Twitter to organise violent riots.

Musk promised that incitement to violence would result in suspensions.

Musk also noted how it was “disturbing” that Twitter had previously taken no action against Antifa accounts.

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    Video: New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul Really Did Say It’s A “Conspiracy” That Violent Crime Is Rising

    She doesn’t understand why Americans care about it

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    Any inconvenient fact for Democrats is now dismissed as a “conspiracy”. This was once again in evidence last week as New York Governor Kathy Hochul used the pejorative against people pointing out that there has been a rise in violent crime.

    Calling Republicans ‘election deniers and data deniers,’ Hochul claimed that shootings and murders are “down fifteen percent in our state in New York City.”

    Hochul charged that Republicans are “master manipulators” attempting to convince the nation that they are less safe in Democratic controlled States.

    As The New York Post highlights, while murders are down by 14% in New York City over the summer compared with last year, all other major crimes surged — including a 33% rise in robberies, police statistics show.

    In an earlier debate with her Republican opponent Lee Zeldin, Hochul stated that she doesn’t understand why being touch on crime is important to him, even though Americans list it as a priority:

    Even MSNBC anchors are not buying it from Hochul:

    Nationwide, murder rates are up, according to both FBI and CDC data.

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    Crime Hits Record High in England and Wales

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    Crime in England and Wales has hit a record high, right as more police resources are devoted to investigating ‘offensive’ online speech.

    What a coincidence!

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