Sep. 12, 2022 – People v. Thompson (6th Dist., H044699)

Among various other rulings, the Court of Appeal finds that defendant forfeited his challenge to the trial court’s for-cause dismissal of a prospective juror who expressed concerns about systemic bias against Black defendants. The concurring opinion would hold that the challenge was preserved, and that the prospective juror’s concerns did not justify dismissal. “Where, as here, the response to a prospective juror’s acknowledgement of systemic bias is incredulity and dismissal, I believe we have an obligation to say plainly: Recognizing systemic bias does not make a person unfit to serve as a juror.”