Lawmakers, Clergy Blast Racism in St. Louis County Death Cases
St. Louis County prosecutors use a “Postman Gambit” to systematically strike black jurors from death penalty cases against black defendants, dozens of lawmakers and religious leaders claim in a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon.
More than 60 elected officials, organizations and clergy signed the April 2 letter urging Nixon to reconsider the impending executions of Andre Cole, on April 14, and Kimber Edwards, on May 12.
The letter notes that Cole was sentenced by an all-white jury though 24 percent of St. Louis County’s population is black.
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