The Scottsboro Appeal
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This paper examines the problems of jury instructions given in the Scottsboro Boys third trial by Judge William Callahan. The paper explains that they were prejudicial, biased and totally inadequate, counting on the all-white jury to utilize their racial prejudice against black men having sex with white women. The paper contends that a far more ideal jury instruction would have been to base it on an earlier trial, overseen by Judge James Horton. The paper then relates that the Supreme Court decision eventually furthered the constitutional law about due process and eliminated all-white juries.
From the Paper:"Perhaps no single jurist can be considered biased and perhaps corrupt than Judge William Callahan, presiding over what is as ludicrous a "fair" trial as any ion the history of American jurisprudence as the trial of the so-called "Scottsboro Boys." There had been two previous trials. But, somehow, the state and its biased judges, prosecutors and potential jurors were not willing to accept reversals of the other trials. So, this third trial ended in the death penalty for Defendant Patterson. Given that higher courts held that the defendants not only were denied the right to counsel but "were tried before juries from which qualified...""
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The Scottsboro Appeal (2008, December 01) Retrieved June 20, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/the-scottsboro-appeal-138919/
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