In Ricks v. State, S17A0465 (5/15/17), appellant was indicted for murder and other related charges and the State filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. Appellant filed a motion asking the trial court to issue an order declaring Fulton County’s method of selecting trial jurors to be in violation of the Supreme Court’s Jury Composition Rule (herein after “JCR”). The trial court held a series of evidentiary hearings and then upheld Fulton County’s method of jury management under the JCR. The Supreme Court granted interim review and in a lengthy, 43-page opinion, a unanimous Supreme Court reversed and held that the trial court erred by denying appellant’s claim that the list from which Fulton County jurors are summoned is produced in a manner that violates O.C.G.A. §15-12-40.1 and the JCR.
FYI: Ricks v. State