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State v. Tyree Jefferson, #94853-4

WACDL agreed to file an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Jefferson in support of his appeal on his petition for review to WSSC which was granted from COA decision No. 76011-4-II. During Mr. Jefferson's trial the prosecution used a peremptory challenge to remove the sole African American juror from the venire which gave rise to a Batson challenge from defense counsel.

WACDL Issues

The COA applied an incorrect standard in review  race-based discrimination during jury selection by deciding that any facially, race- neutral reasons trumped race-based reasons in the jury selection process. This is a significant question of law under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

WACDL Amicus Author

Lila Silverstein

Appellate Author

Lise Ellner

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