The witness impacts the jury decision on many cases because the way they are. In the Trayvon Martin case Rachel Jeantel, the witness seemed like an illiterate hood person. The witness was on the stand for a couple hours. The defense would question her and agitate her to prove the jury that Mr. Martin was a hoodlum.
In DwWanye Wickham editorial “How did Zimmerman become a victim?” Wickham uses facts to show how Trayvon was the real victim is this case. How was Zimmerman a victim? Zimmerman was armed with a 9-mm and Trayvon with one can of tea and skittles. Who do you think is the real victim in this case?
There were different stories about the encounter; according to Zimmerman, Trayvon was the one that attacked him after he was returning to his car. Trayvon punched him in the nose, and he yelled for help, and it got to the point where Zimmerman felt he could not breathe; however, Jeantel stated Trayvon was the one yelling for Zimmerman to get off before the call ended. During the altercation, Zimmerman thought Trayvon was going for his firearm, so he "grabbed it immediately," saying, "I just pulled my firearm and shot him" (George Zimmerman trial). This case was tried as self-defense, and the jury found Zimmerman "not guilty of murder or manslaughter, but the jury agreed that Mr. Zimmerman could have been justified in shooting Mr. Martin because he feared great bodily
and he didn't deserve for it to be taken in the disturbing way it was. This court case had many flaws but at the end his family got the partial justice they wanted and Zimmerman will still be known today as a wrongful killer. My ending perspective is that Zimmerman should have just left it to the police because you have to think about it, Zimmerman was armed... Martin WASN'T! That gives you a whole advantage over him on so many levels.
Terry v. Ohio was not much of a controversial case to many but I believe that John Terry had been wrongly accused and his right were protected by the 4th amendment that mentions unreasonable search and seizure. In 1968 detective Mcfadden had been observing 3 men that he believed were involved in robbing a bank. He proceeded to stop the men and pat them down (already violating the men's rights protected in the 4th amendment). Terry was one of the two men that was found with a concealed carry. The justices voted on the case 8-1 in the favor of the state of Ohio.
Introduction Michael Brown was an 18 year old African American man who was a suspect in a strong- arm robbery in Ferguson, Missouri. He was shot and killed on August 9th, 2014, by a man named Darren Wilson, a police officer with the local Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. The incident took place just a few miles from a convenience warehouse, where Darren had received a call pertaining to the actions of Michael Brown. Brown, the suspect, was as well accompanied by his friend Dorian Johnson at the time of the fatal incident who was 22 years old.
On the afternoon of August 9, 2014 an African-American male by the name of Michael Brown was fatally shot to death by a Caucasian male police officer named Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. An investigation was immediately launched through the collection of evidence from the crime scene, multiple autopsies of Michael Brown’s body, and interviews with witnesses. For several months following the shooting and after the Grand Jury adjourned, there was immense public speculation and scrutiny over whether Officer Wilson justifiably shot in self-defense or in racially motivated cold blooded murder. This event produced protests, riots, and national media coverage. The two conflicting sides of the story were that Michael Brown was shot in the back with
On February 26, 2012, a 17 year old boy named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a man named George Zimmerman. George was found not guilty in July of 2013. President Obama spoke upon the ruling of this case. “It could have been me 35 years ago” stated Obama. Most African Americans went through being followed in the stores, hearing the doors on the car lock as they passed by, or had a woman move her purse closer to her as they walked in the elevator.
It all started on April 12, 2015 in Baltimore Maryland, when a 25 year old African American man Freddie Gray was arrested by a policeman. Freddie Gray was a Baltimore resident and after being arrested sustained injuries. On the date, April 18th, Freddie Gray fell into a coma and protests started outside the police station. Freddie died April 19th. He suffered neck and spine injuries in the police car which caused his death.
It’s been 4 years since the killing of Trayvon Martin and the verdict still hasn’t ended the debate about his death. Many supporters believe that his murder was a cowardly act by one George Zimmerman who shot and killed Martin. It was the night of February 26 when Martin went to a nearby 7-eleven to buy himself a snack. Wearing the hood of his grey shirt over his head, he paid the store clerk and left. He was walking back to his father’s house, where he was staying after he had been suspended from school.
Zimmerman of profiling Trayvon as a criminal, following him and triggering the confrontation that ended with the teen's death” (The Australian). Wrobleski says that prosecutors took the position that Trayvon Martin was an innocent unarmed, African American boy. Being racially profiled, stalked, and killed by George Zimmerman who had a holster gun and used it on an unarmed boy. It specified in the report that Trayvon Martin was unarmed and, “ran toward the defendant, and once the victim was eight to twelve feet away, the defendant shot him four times, killing him” (Wrobleski 103) Before Trayvon Martin was shot, Zimmerman was talking to the dispatcher and evidence shows that Zimmerman specified that Martin looked like a criminal: “...This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson against all odds, but the racial prejudices at the time caused him to be found guilty and executed. Atticus at one time states, “our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.” This claim can be disproven because some defendants are still treated as second-class citizens compared to those with greater privilege and influence. Atticus’ statement that everyone is equal to the judicial system is incorrect because those who are privileged have more advantages and can avoid blame for their crimes. Many privileged individuals such as police officers can kill and beat unarmed black men and women based on “reasonable doubt” and are later freed of
facts, without regard to whether particular laws or litigants are popular of unpopular with the public, the media, government officials, or the judge’s friends or family.” Reason/Basis for Ruling: It is my belief that the shooting of Smith was a lawful use of deadly force by Officer J. Stockley and that he was reasonably acting in self-defense once they arrived to the location of the shooting. His partner was the first person to see a gun in the vehicle of A. Smith.
Juvenile Justice There is a great deal of controversy that exists in America today. The question is whether a juvenile who committed a heinous crime should be punished to the same extent as an adult. The growing trend in the United States is to “get tough” on juveniles who commit these crimes. This has resulted in a growing number of minors who trial as adults, and being sent to adult prisons. Many believe if that an adult crime is committed, then you should face consequences appropriate for adults, but what exactly is the appropriate age to be considered an adult?