Looney v. Davis

In Looney v. Davis, 721 So. 2d 152, 164 (Ala. 1998) the Court held that the trial court had abused its discretion in finding that the reason given by the plaintiff's attorney for striking a veniremember was legitimate and race-neutral. 721 So. 2d at 164. The explanation given by the plaintiff's attorney was that it was his "judgment that the potential juror would know the defendant's family from the country club as well as social activities." 721 So. 2d at 163. However, when the plaintiff's attorney asked the members of the venire whether any of them knew the defendant and whether any of them were members of the country club to which the defendant belonged, that veniremember did not indicate that he knew the defendant or that he was a member of the country club. Id.