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Orozco appeals conviction; new trial granted on basis of dismissed juror's ethnicity

SPOKANE–The peremptory dismissal of a juror during jury selection in the August, 2019, murder trial of Benjamin Orozco was potentially based on racial discrimination, judges with the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III, ruled October 7. The court reversed Orozco's conviction and ordered the case to be retried.

Orozco was convicted after a three-and-a-half-day trial in Columbia County S...

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