Tennessee Court Grants New Trial for Black Man After All-White Jury Deliberated in Room With Confederate Symbols
Adam Friedman and Mariah Timms, Tennessean, December 3, 2021
A Black man whose fate was decided by an all-white jury who deliberated in a room containing Confederate symbols will receive a new trial after a Tennessee’s Criminal Appeals Court ruling.
Tim Gilbert was sentenced in June 2020 to six years in prison for aggravated assault and other charges connected with a 2018 altercation.
But Gilbert and his attorney argued the symbols on display at the Giles County courthouse, the jury’s racial makeup and specific evidence allowed violated his right to a fair trial.
The ruling, issued Friday, found Gilbert’s defense provided enough evidence to show how a jury could be influenced while deliberating in such a room, while also making it clear Tennessee’s attorneys didn’t adequately respond to the allegations.