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If Jury Racism Isn't OK, Neither Is Homophobia, Justices Told

Law360, Washington (May 30, 2018, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last term that judges could hear evidence of racial bias in the jury room despite a long tradition of secrecy in such deliberations. A gay man sentenced to death by a South Dakota jury in the early 1990s is now asking the justices to apply that decision to alleged homophobia in a case to be considered next month.

The appeal comes from Charles Rhines, who was sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer. Rhines’ attorneys are seeking...
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Case Information

Case Title

Charles Russell Rhines, Petitioner v. South Dakota *** capital case ***

Case Number



Supreme Court

Nature of Suit

Prisoner Petition

Date Filed

May 7, 2018

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