A county prosecutor’s office in Washington state has acknowledged it displayed unconscious bias in repeatedly using the term “nationality” to refer to a Black defendant after the state Supreme Court deemed the comments prejudicial and unanimously called for a new trial.

Tyler T. Bagby, a Black man whose citizenship was not in question, was convicted of residential burglary, assault, and harassment charges that stemmed from an evening of drinking with college-age friends and a dispute with his girlfriend. At trial, the prosecutor asked witnesses several questions about Bagby’s “nationality,” while referring to several white witnesses as “Good Samaritans,” according to the per curiam opinion summarizing the votes of the justices in a plurality decision filed Jan. 19.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]