State v. HobbsAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction, holding that the trial court clearly erred in ruling that Defendant failed to prove purposeful discrimination with respect to the State's use of peremptory challenges to strike three jurors without considering all of the evidence presented by Defendant.
Defendant was found guilty of one count of first-degree murder and other crimes. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court erred by failing to grant three objections that he made under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). The court of appeals affirmed Defendant's convictions. The Supreme Court reversed, holding (1) the court of appeals erred in its analysis of Defendant's Batson claims with respect to the three jurors; and (2) as to all three jurors, remand was required for reconsideration of whether Defendant proved purposeful discrimination in each case.