Brown, a Negro, was convicted of a capital offense in Forsyth County, North Carolina. Having exhausted his state remedies, he petitioned the federal district court for a writ of habeas corpus alleging, inter alia, systematic discrimination against Negroes serving on grand and petit juries. This discrimination was claimed to result from the use of property and poll tax lists as sources from which to draw jury panels. The district court denied his petition and was affirmed by the court of appeals. On certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, held, affirmed. The use of property and poll tax lists as sources of jury panels does not establish unconstitutional discrimination against Negroes serving on juries and does not require reversal of a conviction obtained under that system. Brown v. Allen, (U.S. 1953) 73 S.Ct. 397.
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