A Prosecutor Recuses Himself After Facing Charges Of Racism

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William Anderson
January 20, 2020

District Attorney Doug Evans has been called out for a lot of reasons, but one of the most disgusting among them is systematically preventing Black people from serving on juries. 

The evidence against him was so telling, he had a lawsuit filed against him, and now his dirty deeds have real consequences!

Evans recently made headlines for trying the same Black man SIX times. The Supreme Court got involved and intervened on behalf of that man, who’s named Curtis Flowers. Now Flowers has been released on bail and Evans is taking a step back - because the world is asking a lot of questions!

Evans used his prosecutorial power to exclude Black jurors 71% of the time since being in office. He says his involvement after these past six rounds could prevent justice, but he remains “confident in both the investigation and jury verdicts in this matter.” He still wants another trial.

The question is, will Curtis Flowers have to undergo a seventh trial? After multiple all-white juries and multiple overturned verdicts, Flowers is understandably tired. He’s spent over 20 years in prison, and he’s never stopped fighting.

Doug Evans is just one man, but what he’s doing is a systematic problem in the criminal justice system. Black people are targeted, and prosecutors with lots of power have the ability to go after who they please. At least this time, someone like Evans is having to face the consequences!

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