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1984: Racial Elements Of The Trial

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Racial Elements of the Trial The movies opening scenes introduce the racial issues to be carried throughout the film. According to legal theorists, race is an extra-legal factor that can influence the legal system and its principles. As a result, law is racist and these racial inequalities are embedded into the legal system (textbook). In 1984 when this movie takes place, it was years after the civil rights act of 1968 but the tensions between races were still dominant, especially in southern states such as Mississippi. Shortly after Carl Lee Hailey is taken into custody, we meet the prosecutor Mr. Rufus Buckley. Mr. Buckley anticipates the defense wanting to file for a change of venue because he knows that Carl Lee will have a higher chance
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