Death Row Conviction Is Struck Down

2019

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court throws out the conviction of Curtis Flowers, an African-American inmate who was prosecuted six times for a quadruple murder by the same prosecutor. Flowers has been on death row in Mississippi for 22 years. The prosecutor struck a total of 41 of 42 black prospective jurors. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who wrote the majority opinion in Flowers v. Mississippi, said: “The state’s relentless, determined effort to rid the jury of black individuals strongly suggests that the state wanted to try Flowers before a jury with as few black jurors as possible, and ideally before an all-white jury. We cannot ignore that history.” The decision clears the way for the state of Mississippi to try Flowers for a seventh time.