U.S. top court backs Hispanic man over juror's racially biased remarks

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Posted: Mar 06, 2017 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court, delving again into the sometimes pernicious role of race in U.S. criminal justice, ruled on Monday in favor of a Hispanic man who argued he did not receive a fair trial on sex offense charges due to a juror's racially biased remarks during trial deliberations.

The justices, voting 5-3, threw out a state court decision that upheld the conviction of Miguel Pena Rodriguez, who was accused of sexually groping two teenage sisters in a bathroom in 2007 at a Colorado race track where he worked. Pena Rodriguez could still face a new trial.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)