December 01, 2016

Granted, Vacated, and Remanded

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated the prior decisions, and remanded three cases to lower courts for further review based on its decision in Foster v. Chatman. Those three cases—Floyd v. Alabama, Williams v. Louisiana, and Flowers v. Mississippi—stem from capital trials where prosecutors used peremptory challenges to remove African American prospective jurors during voir dire. Mr. Williams’ case also challenges the Louisiana law that allows the trial court to proffer a race-neutral reason for the peremptory challenge rather than the requiring prosecutor to do so.