Appeals Court: DA's jury decision based on race

The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a 2015 conviction by Kevin Barton — now Washington County District Attorney — over claims he excluded a juror on the basis of race.

In a sharply worded ruling against Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton, the Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a 2015 black man after it ruled that Barton wrongly removed a juror from serving on his jury because of his race.

The legal opinion, released Wednesday, July 3, ruled that Barton, then a prosecutor with the Washington County District Attorney's Office, excluded a black man from serving on the jury of an alleged pimp, because the defendant was black.