Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander v. Joe Carson et al.

(1966) In February 1966, Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander, natives of Sharkey County, filed suit alleging discrimination based on race and gender in the selection of jury members. Specifically, they called into question the explicit exclusion of women from juries written into statute and the ability of county boards of supervisors to appoint jury members based on “good moral character,”systematically ensuring juries were all-white. The U.S. District Court with jurisdiction ruled in favor of the defendant on March 19, 1971.

Sources:

“Willis v. Carson.”Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Archives: The Bancroft Library. University of California at Berkeley. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/meiklejohn/meik-12_1/meik-12_1-4.html#515.2

“Lillie Willis and Sidney Alexander, Plaintiffs, v. Joe Carson et al., Defendants.”Accessed through LexisNexis on September 7, 2007.

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