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Case Name Rabinowitz v. United States CJ-GA-0014
Docket / Court docket unknown ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
In these federal criminal cases, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member, as well as four Black civil rights demonstrators, were charged and convicted of perjury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. On appeal, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the ... read more >
In these federal criminal cases, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member, as well as four Black civil rights demonstrators, were charged and convicted of perjury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. On appeal, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held, in an opinion by Judge Richard Rives, that the Middle District's jury commissioner violated the Civil Rights Act of 1957 when he selected a jury that did not include any Black members. 366 F.2d 34. The Court of Appeals reversed the defendants' convictions and ordered that the indictments against them be dismissed, ending their criminal cases.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 11/18/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Courts
Racial segregation
Race
Black
Special Case Type
Criminal
Defendant(s) United States
Plaintiff Description Several defendants charged with civil rights movement related crimes in federal court and convicted by an all-white jury.
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Dismissal of Criminal Case
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 1960
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
U.S. Court of Appeals
07/20/1966
Opinion (366 F.2d 34)
CJ-GA-0014-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Westlaw
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08/26/1966
Memorandum
CJ-GA-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: Papers of Alexander (Sandy) Ross
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Judges Bell, Griffin Boyette (Fifth Circuit) show/hide docs
CJ-GA-0014-0002
Coleman, James Plemon (Fifth Circuit) show/hide docs
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Gewin, Walter Pettus (Fifth Circuit) show/hide docs
CJ-GA-0014-0002
Rives, Richard Taylor (Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit) show/hide docs
CJ-GA-0014-0002
Other Lawyers Herman, Stuart (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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