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A California federal judge sustained a Batson challenge during jury selection Friday raised by counsel for a Black ex-Tesla worker claiming that the electric vehicle company’s Northern California factory was a hotbed of racial discrimination against African Americans reminiscent of the Jim Crow era.
On Friday, attorneys representing former Tesla worker Owen Diaz successfully mounted a Batson
challenge, so named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1986 ruling in Batson v. Kentucky, which
forbids the use of peremptory challenges to exclude jurors for racial reasons.