Race and Justice Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Race and Justice
A critical analysis of how race impacts on arrests, prejudice of juries and the race card as defense.
# 118731 | 1,756 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2010 in African-American Studies (Racism) , Law (General)

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This paper examines racial prejudice when it comes to arrests, trials, convictions and sentences, as well as the possibility of a skewed jury pool that decides trial outcomes. The paper reviews articles that focus on the prejudice of police in arresting more minorities; on racial prejudice of juries- and their personal biases which come out in the deliberation; the use of the race card for a defense and on the disparity of sentencing guidelines.

Table of Contents:
Police Arrest Bias
The Race Card as Defense
Jury Bias
The Image Problem against Minorities
A Brief Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The authors present a truly terrible miscarriage of justice, fouled up by the race card: The cite a racial incident that occurred on August 19, 1991. After a traffic accident in which a black child was killed by a car carrying a Jewish leader, a black mob rioted down a street in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, shouting "Let's go get the Jews." A Jewish scholar visiting New York named Yankel Rosenbaum was stabbed to death when they encountered him on the street. Within minutes police arrived and apprehended Lemrick Nelson, Jr. at the scene with a bloody knife in his pocket. He was taken to the dying Rosenbaum, who identified Nelson as his attacker. Nelson later admitted the crime to two Brooklyn detectives, and signed a written confession. Prosecutors presented this evidence to a predominantly black jury. They refused to convict Nelson. After the acquittal, jurors celebrated with Nelson at a local restaurant. It turned out that Nelson later moved to Georgia and was convicted of slashing a schoolmate."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Butler, Paul: Racially based jury nullification: Black power in the criminal justice system" The Yale Law Journal, December, 1995 vol 105, iss. 3 pp 677-726
  • Rudovsky, David: "Breaking the Pattern of Racial Profiling" Trial, August, 2002 -pp 29+
  • Weiss, Michael D. and Zinsmeister, Karl: When race triumphs over truth in court" American Enterprise, Jan/Feb 1996 pp 54-57.
  • No author listed: "Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts" Judicial Council of California, (2007)www.courtinfo.ca.gov/reference/execrace.htm

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