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Batson challenge

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noun Bat·son challenge \ˈbat-sən-\

Legal Definition of Batson challenge

  1. :  an objection in which one party argues that the other has used the peremptory challenge to strike one or more prospective jurors from the panel for a discriminatory purpose in violation of the equal protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution —called also Batson objection — compare third-party standing

Additional Notes on batson challenge

Batson challenges were originally applied to racial discrimination in jury selection but are now also applied when gender or sometimes ethnic background is an issue. The party making the objection usually must establish by evidence a prima facie case of discrimination. The other party must then prove a neutral reason for the strike.

Origin and Etymology of batson challenge

from Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986), the Supreme Court ruling that prohibited the striking of jurors on a racial basis


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