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Racial Stereotyping is the "Worst Thing" for Our Criminal Justice System

In 2007, an Aurora, Colo., jury convicted Miguel Angel Peña-Rodriguez on three misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct for allegedly accosting two teenagers at the racetrack where he worked. After the trial, two jurors reported to defense lawyers that another juror had said the defendant was guilty "because he is Mexican and Mexican men take whatever they want." Did that and other alleged slurs unfairly weigh on the jury's decision to convict Peña-Rodriguez? Or should the juror's words be protected by state and federal rules that guarantee the secrecy of jury proceedings? That was the question before the Supreme Court Tuesday.
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