Patton v. Mississippi

Joseph Patton was convicted by jury of murdering his uncle with an ax to the throat. Patton appealed, claiming his trial was rendered fundamentally unfair by the trial court’s refusal to strike for cause two prospective jurors from the jury venire who said during voir dire examination they knew the decedent’s son. Finding no merit in Patton’s claim, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed Patton’s conviction. View "Patton v. Mississippi" on Justia Law