Being prevented from serving on Juries for decades.
Town furniture store. The case of Curtis Flowers was the subject of season two of in the Dark. Samara free market is the managing producer of that podcast. She joins us now. Thanks for being with us. Thanks so much for having me It's good to be here. Kurdish flowers who's already out of prison. So what happened yesterday? Great. So Curtis's most recent conviction was overturned by the U. S Supreme Court last year, and it was actually released on bail last December. So since then, he's been on house arrest. And he's just been waiting to hear if he'd be tried 1/7 time for these for these murders. But yesterday, the Mississippi attorney general dropped all charges against Curtis. And so after all these years, this case is finally over. And Curtis is a free man. The attorney general's motion to dismiss sided evidence uncovered by your podcast. Tell us more about that, please. Yes. We talked to key witnesses who told us they had lied on the standard that they had been pressured by law enforcement. We discovered an alternate suspect in the case, who had never been disclosed to jurors. We found that the ballistics evidence in the case for light on junk science and the state's star witness who was a jailhouse informant. You said the Curtis had confessed to him told us that he had just made that whole thing up. That Kurdish flowers was tried six times. I don't understand how a man could be tried six times for the same crime, right? We get this question a lot because people think about double jeopardy rate. That double double jeopardy only applies if you've been acquitted, and Curtis has actually never been acquitted. So what would happen is he would be convicted by a jury and then He would appeal. Higher courts would find the prosecutor who throughout all of these six trials was a white district attorney named Doug Evans. Courts would find that Evans had committed misconduct, they would overturn the case. But then Evans would just retry the case. And it just became this seemingly unending cycle that went on for years and years. Uh, one of the most egregious forms of misconduct that the higher courts found over these years. Was that Doug Evans made repeated attempts to keep black people off of the jury's that tried Curtis Flowers.