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Criminal – Murder Trial – Gender- Based Peremptory Strikes (access required)

A woman's conviction for the first-degree murder of her husband is reversed because we hold that the commonwealth's use of all of its peremptory strikes against five white females was gender-based and therefore improper. The commonwealth used all five of its peremptory strikes to eliminate white females ranging in age from 40 to 67. Defendant made ...