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Shirley v. Yates, 13-16273

In a habeas corpus petition raising a claim under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), the district court's denial of the petition is reversed where the prosecutor's statement of general reasons for striking jurors during selection, absent an actual recollection of the reason for issuing the peremptory challenge, was insufficient to satisfy the third-step of a Batson analysis to determine purposeful racial discrimination.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2015/11/20




  • United States Ninth Circuit