No. B309921.

96 Cal.App.5th 323 (2023)

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. AKEEM SIMMONS, Defendant and Appellant.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Six.

October 12, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John Lanahan for Defendant and Appellant.

Rob Bonta , Attorney General, Lance E. Winters , Chief Assistant Attorney General, Susan Sillivan Pithey , Assistant Attorney General, Scott A. Taryle , Idan Ivri , Stephanie C. Santoro and Blythe J. Leszkay , Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.


The California Racial Justice Act of 2020 (RJA; Pen. Code, § 745) seeks to eliminate racism from criminal trials in California. Here we decide the RJA does not violate article VI, section 13 of the California Constitution. We acknowledge the dissent's cogent argument that the RJA violates article VI...

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