Conviction Reversed Because of Jury Selection Error
During jury selection at Aerris Grant's trial, the prosecutor accused defense counsel of peremptorily challenging several jurors because they were Asian and, therefore, “conservative.” Regarding one juror, referred to as “L.M.,” counsel explained that she had been the victim of a frightening gunpoint robbery and had several lawyers in her family. The court denied the challenge to L.M. and a second juror. Mr. Grant was subsequently convicted of second-degree murder.
The Appellate Division reversed Mr. Grant’s conviction, holding that the trial court should have granted defense counsel’s peremptory challenge to L.M. because counsel's explanation was not a pretext for discrimination, and ordered a new trial.
Denise Corsi briefed and argued the case for Appellate Advocates.