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Black Man Got New Trial BC Jury Deliberated In Room W/ Confederate Symbols


Close up studio shot of real confederate flag

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A Tennessee man has been granted a new trial - because the jury deliberation room was decorated with Confederate symbols. Tim Gilbert was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges in December 2018. But his attorneys argued that Gilbert, who is black, did not receive a fair trial because the all-white jury deliberated in a room that contained a Confederate flag and a portrait of Confederate Presdient Jefferson Davis. Attorneys pointed out that even the room itself was named after the Daughters of the Confederacy. The Tennessee Court of Appeals agreed and ruled that Gilbert should be given a new trial. No trial date has been scheduled so far.


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