The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shouldn’t have second-guessed a superior court judge’s approval of a peremptory challenge in a California drug case, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a unanimous opinion reversing the lower court Wednesday, the Supreme Court found that a 9th Circuit panel, overstepping its bounds, had “improperly substituted its evaluation of the record for that of the state trial court.”

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