U.S. top court rules for Georgia black death row inmate

Reuters News
Posted: May 23, 2016 10:31 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of a black Georgia death row inmate convicted of murdering an elderly white woman in a 1987 trial, finding that prosecutors unlawfully excluded black jury candidates in selecting an all-white jury.

In a 7-1 ruling, the court handed a victory to inmate Timothy Foster, 48, who asserted prosecutorial misconduct after he was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1986 murder of Queen White, a 79-year-old retired schoolteacher.

The justices threw out Foster's conviction after decades on death row. He could still potentially face a retrial.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)