Magistrate’s Court The Magistrate’s Court falls under the power and rule of the Municipal Courts of Texas. The Justices of Peace are commonly the magistrate judges in the local municipal courts. These judges are able to issue a search and arrest warrant and can give legal accusations upon the said criminal. 7. Pardoning Power of Governor The Pardoning Power of the Governor of Texas is able to grant forgiveness for a criminal’s actions with the written recommendation from the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Michelle Alexander proceeds with another rhetorical question to allow the audience to further reflect on the current situation and stress the corruption of the justice system “If McCleskey’s evidence was not enough to prove discrimination in the absence of some kind of racist utterance, what would be?” (Alexander 67). She uses facts and statistics prior to this “the researchers found that defendants charged with killing white victims were 4.3 times more likely to receive a death sentence than defendants charged with killing blacks” (Dissenting 321; referenced by Alexander 67) to assert evidence of the racial profiling present in the American justice system. The persuasive technique is used to assert her opinion towards the audience by relating
American sniper Chris Kyle was murdered February 2, 2013. His murderer Eddie Ray Routh plead insane and blamed mental illness, he was found guilty of his crimes and sentenced to life in prison after the evidence of him ordering fast food after the murder was brought forth. An act he cannot perform with his “mental illness.” Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. graduate of Harvard Law school writes about the defense saying “Insanity is a legal term, not a medical term.” This gives the jury the power to determine insanity, opposed to a psychologist. Does the jury have the qualifications to make such decisions and even if some are truly insane how can you differentiate between them and those who want an easy way out?
One of the first times was in 1947 in the Supreme Court case, Francis v. Resweber. Here, Willie Francis was convicted of murder in Louisiana and sentenced to death by electric chair. During his execution, the chair malfunctioned and the current that passed through Francis didn’t kill him. Francis argued that re-execution would be cruel and unusual punishment, against his constitutional right. In a 5-4 decision, the court disagreed with Willie, arguing that the equipment failure was not the wanton infliction of pain and that the Eighth Amendment refers to the method of cruelty and not the cruelty that is part of the suffering (Louisiana ex rel.
"Tha ' man 's gone and raped my Mayella and s 'only right that he face the 'lectric chair for what he 's done!" He alleges to have seen the attack on his 19 year old daughter, Miss Mayella Ewell. The trial consisted of Mr. Finch and Mr. Gilmer 's examinations of the witnesses, which included the local sheriff, Mr. Heck Tate, Mr. Ewell, Miss Ewell, and Mr. Robinson himself. Mr. and Miss Ewell both testified that Mr. Robinson raped Miss Ewell, while Mr. Tate, who only arrived later, testified to Miss Ewell 's injuries, including a black eye and many bruises. He stated, "[...] she was pretty bruised up when I got there, and she had a black eye comin '.
Organizations are taking action against the death penalty by researching, publishing, and exposing facts whenever officials want to abuse their power with the law. When the final sentence is being decided, the system they use to determine, is very flawed. The sentence is determined not by the gravity of the crime, but depending heavily on the person’s lawyer. Another thing that is used against the defendant, is race. As sad as using race to determine when someone else’s life is going to end sounds, officials really do that.
He was seen as a violent black rapist who forced himself upon an innocent white woman, and was most defiantly guilty of the crime. However, when he is proven innocent it enlightens the audience about how stereotypes can falsely portray African Americans, and shows the major damage they can cause to people’s lives (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” 2016). Overall, this movie teaches the audience that stereotyping groups can be damaging to the way individuals view others, and if we want peace among people of all races, then we have to push past stereotypes to learn who people really are on the
In this article, Staples discusses the treatment of African Americans by U.S. police, emphasizing the history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment. Staples focuses mainly on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. who got arrested in his home located in Cambridge, Massachusetts which relvealed the sharp racial divide over what police could do to innocent black people. Robert goes on to explain that the racial underpinnings cause the majoritity of the public to favor law enforcement as a slutionto crime. Robert claims the political support for U.S. legal discrimination leads the people against minorities in criminal penalties over small crimes which usually are nonviolent offenses. I will use this academic article to support my conclusion
This is used in modern police forces to victimize blacks and other minorities who are thrown to the greed filled prison system in the United States (Scott, 2014). Finally, I am very interested in the future of just forms of punishment for wrongful police officers that target our African American men and women. The lives of slain African Americans in the 21st century, and racist acts committed in “patrols” in the Deep South during slavery can open our eyes to finding new ways to ensure that officers will be punished for racial profiling. These officers should also be held responsible for the killings of innocent and unarmed African Americans that they commit. This can be accomplished by making sure the criminal justice system takes appropriate measures to look at all evidence.
A congresswoman of Los Angeles, Maxine Waters, is strongly set on the justice system being racist by saying that people are chosen over their skin color and it dictates what sort of punishment and treatment a person is going to get. Jesse Jackson who is a civil rights leader and the founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition says black are commonly sent to jail not because they are criminals but because of their ethnicity. At a presidential debate, Barack Obama said black and white are arrested in unlike manners even if the same crime has been committed. It was that same debate when Hillary Clinton said the justice system is a disgrace for imprisoning such large amounts of African-Americans compared to whites. ABC Washington Post had a poll with results that read 84% of non whites feel the justice system are discriminating them with inequality.