GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Supreme Court will use a case from Grand Rapids to examine the rights of black defendants to have blacks in the jury pool.
In 2002, Ramon Bryant was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and armed robbery in Kent County. Bryant is black, and there was only one black in the jury pool.
The state appeals court granted him a new trial, but the Supreme Court said Thursday it will look at the case. The court says it will consider several issues, including whether there was systematic exclusion of blacks.
The prosecutor says Bryant received a fair trial, no matter the makeup of the jury. Kent County has admitted that its computerized system years ago did not select jurors at random across all ZIP codes. It was fixed.