Documents show Wilmington 10 prosecutor sought ‘KKK’ jury

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Submitted: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 9:39pm
Updated: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:10pm

By Cash Michaels
Special to the NNPA from the Wilmington Journal

WILMINGTON, NC (NNPA) – In an extraordinary discovery, the 40-year-old case files of the prosecuting attorney in the two 1972 Wilmington Ten criminal trials not only document how he sought to impanel, according to his own written jury selection notes, mostly White “KKK” juries to guarantee convictions, but also to keep Black men from serving on both juries.

The prosecutor chose, in his own words, “Uncle Tom” types to serve on the jury, it was disclosed. The files of Assistant New Hanover County District Attorney James “Jay” Stroud Jr. also document how he plotted to cause a mistrial in the first June 1972 Wilmington Ten trial because there were 10 Blacks and two Whites on the jury, his star false witness against the Ten was not cooperating, and it looked very unlikely that he could win the case, given the lack of evidence.

History shows that prosecutor Stroud told the presiding judge that he had become “ill,” as that first trial began, and a mistrial was indeed declared. It was during the second trial, 40 years ago this week, that Stroud got a jury more to his liking – this time 10 Whites and two Black domestic workers – and a different judge who was arguably biased against the defense.


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6 Comments on "Documents show Wilmington 10 prosecutor sought ‘KKK’ jury"

2015 years 8 months ago

This shouldn’t be news to anyone….prosecutors still seek out these kinds of jurors today!!

Guest observation
2015 years 8 months ago

Prosecutor Stroud is homeless now and lost his law license due to manic polar disorder? You mean he has had lifelong mental illness and was hired and controlled by the District Attorney? Who did he work for back then when he was hired as an Assistant District Attorney?

Guest Fair
2015 years 8 months ago

Why isn’t the compensation lawsuit against the Prosecutor personally if he was hired and working with a mental illness and under the instruction of the Chief Prosecutor? The Wilmington Police Sgt. Genes who was shot that night by sniper fire did not receive 10 years of compensation, did he? A riot is a war. The State did it’s part to provide police protection and police officers were shot. The mishandled court case after the violence stopped falls on the Prosecutor.

2015 years 8 months ago

The Gazette absolutley BUTCHERED the time frame he was diagnosed. I tole her the year I GRADUATED college. She put the year HE graduated college. That’s not only sloppy extremely inaccurate reporting. It’s about a 40 years difference.
The Gaston Gazette butchered several things. I have emails to prove this.

2015 years 8 months ago

They were freed on a technicality. They are not innocent.

2015 years 8 months ago

there was a jury trial just a couple of years ago that a felon was given a new truck for testifying to lies a 2nd time after he already perjured himself in the lower court trial.nothings changed since the 70’s here.