In a murder prosecution, a denial of petitioner's habeas petition is affirmed where: 1) the prosecution's justification for striking certain jurors based on their prior experiences with the criminal justice system were legitimate and not pretextual; 2) another prospective juror's reaction during voir dire was uniquely cynical and could plausibly indicate bias in favor of defendants who did not have wealth; and 3) another juror's attitude toward law enforcement, not his race, was the determining factor in the prosecutor's decision to strike him.
Argued and Submitted October 6, 2009
Filed January 7, 2010
Opinion by Judge Tallman
Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Hawkins