This District Attorney Only Wants White People on Juries

District Attorney Doug Evans of the 5th Circuit Court District in Mississippi knows exactly what he needs to get convictions: white juries. And he's not afraid to trample on the constitutional rights of the people in his district to make sure there are as few African-American jurors as possible.

Attorneys have a certain number of "strikes" for each case which they can use to remove a potential juror from serving. They can strike someone for many reasons, but not race. Doing so is illegal and violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. 

Doug Evans has served as DA for over two decades. According to AMP Reports, the DA's office under Doug Evans strikes black jurors at a rate 4.5 times higher than the rate at which they strike out white jurors. They strike 50 percent of all black jurors, compared to only 11 percent of white jurors. This disparity remains true even when accounting for other factors. 

These racist practices are violating the people's constitutional rights. 

And in the extraordinary case of Curtis Flowers, Doug Evans has repeatedly violated Flowers' constitutional rights by removing as many black jurors as possible from the case, not to mention prosecuting the man six times for the same crimes despite there being no concrete evidence. 

Sign this petition if you believe District Attorney Doug Evans should be recalled.

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Update #14 months ago
Breaking!: In June, Curtis Flowers won his appeal at the Supreme Court and has been released on bail. But his trail isn’t over. The Mississippi attorney general-elect, Lynn Fitch, will decide if she is going to try him a SEVENTH time. But there is one thing he can be sure of, that horrible and racist-adjacent prosecutor Doug Evans won’t try the case. He asked to be recused from the case this week.
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