Outrageously bad Supreme Court decision
I only read the NY Times article and not the text of the decision or the dissent, but I think it’s pretty clear what happened. After the trial was over, two jurors went to the judge and told on another juror who they said made racist remarks about the defendant.
Thus, the Supreme Court holds that a mistrial can be declared based on the jurors’ testimony, overturning hundreds of years of tradition that what happens in the jury room is totally secret.
Justice Kennedy joined with the liberals on this one. Obviously what they believe is that racism is so evil that it can’t be ignored. So now, jurors can say any mean or moronic thing about the defendant that they want and the conviction can’t be overturned, as long as it’s not racist, because racism is going too far, it’s just too evil to be ignored.