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Supreme Court overturns death row inmate's quadruple murder conviction that a white prosecutor tried him SIX times for and barred black jurors from taking part in as Justice Kavanaugh labels it a 'clear error'

Curtis Flowers, 49, had his quadruple murder conviction vacated on Friday 

The Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a black death row inmate who was tried six times for a quadruple murder by the same prosecutor. 
Curtis Flowers, 49, had the conviction vacated on Friday in a 7-2 ruling. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the court's 78-page opinion. 
In it, he condemned white prosecutor Doug Evans for blocking dozens of black jurors at all of Flowers' trials. 
The court did not rule on whether or not he was guilty of murdering Tardy Furniture store owner Bertha Tardy, 59, and three employees, Carmen Rigby, 45, Robert Golden, 42, and Derrick Stewart, 16, in 1996 and instead concentrated on the fact that it was racially prejudiced and against the constitution.
Flowers was convicted in 2010 at his sixth trial. 
He was convicted in the first three trials but they were all reversed because of prosecutor misconduct. The last two before his sixth ended in hung juries. 

The first three trials were dismissed because of prosecutor misconduct and the second two ended in hung juries.
In total, he was convicted of the crimes four times but in every case, the jury has been predominantly white.  
He was sentenced to death for the murders of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, in 1996. 
The Supreme Court was not asked to consider whether or not he was guilty but to look only at the racial prejudice in the case. In his decision, Kavanaugh said it was undeniable. 
'The numbers speak loudly. Over the course of the first four trials, there were 36 black prospective jurors against whom the State could have exercised a peremptory strike. 
'The State tried to strike all 36. 
'All of the relevant facts and circumstances taken together establish that the trial court at Flowers’ sixth trial committed clear error in concluding that the State’s peremptory strike of black prospective juror Carolyn Wright was not motivated in substantial part by discriminatory intent,' he said. 
Among the only two judges who disagreed with the decision was the only black justice on the Supreme Court: Clarence Thomas.  
He said that Flowers was clearly guilty and that the jurors who were stricken were not blocked because they were black but because they could not be impartial for other reasons.
Some knew Flowers' family and others had personal disputes with the furniture store where the murders took place, including with the owner he was killed.  
'Today’s decision distorts the record of this case, eviscerates our standard of review, and vacates four murder convictions because the State struck a juror who would have been stricken by any competent attorney. I dissent,' he said.
Neil Gorsuch agreed with him. 
The decision does not stop the state from putting Flowers on trial for a seventh time which Thomas said was its 'only redeeming quality'.
Flowers has been in custody since 1996.

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