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Media Report for Nov. 30 - Dec. 14, 2018

December 14, 2018   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Nov. 30 – Dec. 14, 2018 is now available online.

Yes, jury selection is as racist as you think. Now we have proof

December 4, 2018   |  The New York Times

Wake Forest law professor Ronald Wright published an opinion piece in The New York Times about the results of his research on jury selection and recommendations to correct patterns of racist selection and removal in the courts. Wright wrote: “My recently published research on juror removal in North Carolina conducted with colleagues at the Wake Forest University School of Law proves — for the first time with statewide evidence — that peremptory challenges are indeed a vehicle for veiled racial bias that results in juries less sympathetic to defendants of color. Based on statewide jury selection records, our Jury Sunshine Project discovered that prosecutors remove about 20 percent of African-Americans available in the jury pool, compared with about 10 percent of whites.”

President George H.W. Bush state funeral service

December 5, 2018   |  C-SPAN

Wake Forest professor and composer-in-residence Dan Locklair’s composition, “The Peace May Be Exchanged” was performed during the Bush family’s entrance into the Washington National Cathedral for the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. It is the fourth movement from Locklair’s Rubrics (A Liturgical Suite for Organ), commissioned by the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1988. “The Peace May Be Exchanged” was also played during former President Barack Obama’s inaugural weekend and at the funerals of former President Ronald Reagan and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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