Petitioner, an Alabama prisoner on death row, appealed from the district
court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus, brought pursuant to
28 U.S.C. 2254. The record compelled a finding that the state used its
peremptory strikes in a discriminatory manner and violated petitioner's right
to Equal Protection as clearly established by Batson v. Kentucky. Because the
court determined that petitioner was entitled to habeas relief based on his
Batson claim, the court did not decide his other claims. Accordingly, the court
reversed and remanded.