WMU faculty uncovers racial bias in jury selection

Nov 7, 2019

Researchers Whitney DeCamp and Elise DeCamp were first inspired to study racial bias among jury selection processes after listening to the second season of the American Public Media podcast In the Dark. In that season, journalists investigate the case of Curtis Flowers. A Black man who was tried six times for the murder of four people in Winona Mississippi in 1996. 

“And several of those times he was found guilty and they were later overturned on appeal because of the prosecutors using race to try and dismiss Black prospective jurors from the juries.” 

A Detroit-area man has been found not guilty in the death of a Michigan State Police trooper who died when he was struck and dragged several miles by a trailer along a freeway. An Oakland County jury in Pontiac returned not guilty verdicts Wednesday against 71-year-old Charles Warren Jr. of Waterford. 

ArtPrize / artprize.org

An international art competition in western Michigan has announced that it's changing its voting structure as it gears up for its ninth year.

ArtPrize held its annual Premiere Event on Thursday to prepare for ArtPrize Nine's Sept. 20 kickoff.

Jaenell Woods, the organization's communications manager, says voting is done in two rounds.

The first narrows the entries down to 20 chosen by the public and 20 by an expert jury.