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State Supreme Court decision upholding execution of killer prompts dissent over dismissals of bl...

Feb 1, 2011 3:53:14 AM - latimes.com
The high court upholds a murder conviction and death sentence, but two justices question whether prospective black jurors in the case were improperly challenged because of their race.

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of an African American man convicted of killing an elderly white couple in Riverside County, a decision that prompted two justices to dissent on the grounds that prosecutors may have improperly challenged prospective black jurors.