Wharton County Prosecutor Says He Was Told to Keep Blacks Off Juries

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The Wharton County Courthouse is pictured in this file photo. A prosecutor in Wharton County has accused the elected district attorney of working repeatedly to keep blacks off juries in that rural county southwest of Houston. / Photo: Gerald Moorhead

From Brian Rogers at The Houston Chronicle / 03.22.2016:

A prosecutor in Wharton County has accused the elected district attorney of working repeatedly  to keep blacks off juries in that rural county southwest of Houston.

In a hearing earlier this month, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Wood told a judge that his boss, District Attorney Ross Kurtz, told him to keep black residents off  juries in criminal trials in order to improve the prosecution’s chances of winning the case.

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