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Name: Collins v. Rice
Case #: 01-56958
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 11/07/2003
Subsequent History: Rhg. den. 4/8/04 and substituted opn. at 365 F.3d 667

The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion, found reversible Wheeler error in a Three Strikes case in which the state appellate court had affirmed. The federal court rejected the contention that the prosecutor’s peremptory challenges against two African-American women were exercised in a racially neutral way in this drug possession case. The case is extremely fact-specific.