Norris v. Alabama (1935)

Definition - What does Norris v. Alabama (1935) mean?

Norris v. Alamaba (1935) was a landmark Supreme Court case in which the Supreme Court overturned the Scottsboro Boys case. The Scottsboro Boys case was a case in which several black men were falsely accused of raping white women.

The Supreme Court overturned the ruling due to the deliberate exclusion of African-Americans from the jury pool.

Justipedia explains Norris v. Alabama (1935)

The reason why the Norris v. Alabama case was so important is because it set the stage for racism to be essentially eradicated in terms of jury selection.

With this case, the Supreme Court argued that the exclusion of African-American people from jury pools was a violation of a defendant's constitutional right to due process. In other words, the Supreme Court declared that racism must be non-existent in jury selection, otherwise it could make the results of a trial illegitimate.

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