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Hale v. Kentucky

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Subsequent history  Reversed and remanded.
End date  1938
Full case name  Joe Hale v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
Citations  303 U.S. 613 (more) 58 S.Ct. 753; 82 L.Ed. 1050
Similar  Snyder v Louisiana, Edmonson v Leesville Concrete, Foster v Chatman, Miller‑El v Dretke, Hernandez v Texas

Hale v. Kentucky, 303 U.S. 613 (1938), was a United States Supreme Court case relating to racial discrimination in the selection of juries for criminal trials. The case overturned the conviction of an African American man accused of murder because the lower court of Kentucky had systematically excluded African Americans from serving on the jury in the case. NAACP counsel, including Charles H. Houston, Leon A. Ransom and Thurgood Marshall, represented Hale.



Joe Hale, an African American, had been convicted in McCracken County, Kentucky. No African Americans were selected as jury members within the previous 50 years although nearly 7,000 were eligible for jury service.


The court unanimously ruled that the plaintiff's civil rights had been violated.


Hale v. Kentucky was one in a series of cases where the Supreme Court overturned convictions of blacks for reason of discrimination in jury selections in the lower courts.


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