Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Supreme Court Holds That Racial Bias in Justice System Must Be Addressed

Supreme Court Holds That Racial Bias in Justice System Must Be Addressed

What do you think?

The gist of the decision is here

 . . .racial bias is "a familiar and recurring evil" so harmful to the administration of justice that it cannot be ignored. "[B]latant racial prejudice is antithetical to the functioning of the jury system and must be confronted," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the Court. Accordingly, "where a juror makes a clear statement that indicates he or she relied on racial stereotypes or animus to convict a criminal defendant, the Sixth Amendment requires that the no-impeachment rule give way in order to permit the trial court to consider the evidence of the juror’s statement and any resulting denial of the jury trial guarantee."
"[R]acial bias implicates unique historical, constitutional, and institutional concerns," the Court reasoned. "It is the mark of a maturing legal system that it seeks to understand and to implement the lessons of history." Given our nation's history of racial injustice, it remains critical to address racial bias in order "to ensure that our legal system remains capable of coming ever closer to the promise of equal treatment under the law that is so central to a functioning democracy."

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1 comment:

  1. To learn more about racial justice bias in the justice system I will attend a panel of ex prisoners called EXPOS - ex-prisoners organizing) speaking at Edgewood College, April 6, at 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Anderson Auditorium in Predolin Hall, main entrance.

    Edgewood College has been reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This is the final event in that series. All are welcome, especially those who have not read this book!