May 11, 2022 – People v. Henderson (3rd Dist., C088883)

The Court of Appeal holds the trial court’s dismissal of two African-American prospective jurors for cause was justified because their statements during voir dire indicated they could not decide the case solely on the evidence without regard to sympathy for defendant, but not because they believed the criminal justice system treats African-Americans unfairly (which would be an impermissible basis for dismissal). The court also finds that the trial court abused its discretion when it discharged a sitting juror for dishonesty during trial, but that the error was harmless.