The Supreme Court Decision Of 1954 In The Case Of Hernandez V. Texas

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The Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 in the case of Hernandez v. Texas was the start of a breakthrough for Mexican Americans in the United States. The case was brought to existence after Pete Hernandez was accused of murder in Jackson County, a small town called Edna, Texas. The special thing about this case that makes it significant was the jury that were including in this trial. It was said that a Mexican American hadn’t served on a jury in the county of Jackson in 25 years. With the help of a Mexican American lawyer, Gustavo Garcia, the case was brought to the highest court level and was beheld as a Violation of the constitution. The vital issue of this time is that there is a Mexican American man being trialed by a jury that are not essential …show more content…

(1981) cited in Johnson). These events sheds a great deal of light on who things were in this time period. Things were very apparent in this time who the Mexican American was being treated, and for them to be judged by someone who isn’t in the same situation that they are in is unquestionably unconstitutional. During the course of this trial we were also introduced back into the Brown vs. Board of Education case. The Brown decision reversed the separate but equal doctrine established by the Plessy decision. Forming the 14th amendment guaranteeing equal protection under the law, and the Court ruled that separate facilities based on race was unequal. This law and the Brown case were significant when fighting the rights of Hernandez because it labeled Mexican Americans as minority

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