Entries tagged with “Keith Tharpe

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Feb 11, 2019

Death-Row Prisoners Ask Supreme Court to Review Georgia, Oklahoma Verdicts Involving Racist Jurors

Georgia death-row pris­on­er Keith Tharpe (pic­tured, left) and Oklahoma death-row pris­on­er Julius Jones (pic­tured, right) are ask­ing the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them new tri­als after evi­dence showed that white jurors who described the defen­dants with racist slurs par­tic­i­pat­ed in decid­ing their cas­es. The involve­ment of the racist jurors, the pris­on­ers say, vio­lat­ed their Sixth Amendment rights to impar­tial juries. A juror in Tharpe’s tri­al gave a sworn affi­davit years after vot­ing to con­vict Tharpe, in which he won­dered if black peo­ple even have souls,” and said, there are…

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Mar 19, 2019

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Georgia Death-Penalty Case Involving Racist Juror

For the sec­ond time in just over one month, the United States Supreme Court has cleared the way for the exe­cu­tion of an African-American pris­on­er in the face of strong evi­dence of racial or reli­gious bias. On March 18, 2019, the Court unan­i­mous­ly declined to hear an appeal from Georgia death-row pris­on­er Keith Tharpe (pic­tured), who argued his death sen­tence was uncon­sti­tu­tion­al­ly taint­ed by the par­tic­i­pa­tion of racist white juror who called him a ni***er” and ques­tioned if black peo­ple even have souls.” That juror, Barney Gattie, signed an affidavit…