Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Court Juries

This article discusses the racial truths about America's court juries. It states that as far back as the 1880s the Supreme Court "ruled against statutes that formally limited jury service to Whites." Of course, these rulings were worked around at state level. "State legislatures often manipulated the qualifications necessary for jury service and voting registration in the attempt to exclude Blacks from juries…" It was not surprising to learn that, from a psychology standpoint,  “conscious and unconscious racism can affect the way White jurors perceive minority defendants ... perhaps determining the verdict of guilt or innocence." This is not to to say that it was not extremely disappointing to read the facts and figures, because truthfully, justice is an imaginary thing in the American court system most of the time. 

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