What Is Tom Robinson Biased Jury

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee depicts the tragic case of Tom Robinson, an innocent African American man, who was wrongly accused of a crime that never existed, a dream of a white woman who broke a moral code in the 1930s. For this crime of fantasy he was subject to the truth of an electric chair, although he never saw this chair, the result was the same, death. This brings us to our next question, how do we have the power to take a life? Will we ever have enough facts or an unbiased jury to carry out this ultimate punishment? The answer is no. There will always be a biased jury, or inconclusive evidence to support that a crime, like that of Tom Robinson’s, to kill a human being. We will be taking an in depth look at the faults of this…show more content…
By definition racism is: “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” (Merriam and Webster) This problem is often times very relevant in our jury system, though if we send someone to prison, they have the right to a retrial and we can at least give them the rest of their lives back (and a lot of money in restitution). While as if we send someone to death, we can never give them their lives back. Recent studies show that in interracial murders, when there is a white defendant and a black victim, there were only 31 executions, whereas if there was a black defendant and a white victim, there was 291 executions carried out. This should be shocking to us because of the “fairness” of our judicial system. It would be interesting to find how many of those black defendants' trials would be found innocent if they had a retrial with an unbiased jury like we all should have the right to. Since 1973, over 140 “lucky” death row inmates were released from death row, how many more are innocent are still on today? Our judicial system should not rely on “luck” alone. Our judicial system isn't perfect, nor will it ever be, because we in ourselves aren't perfect, so we should not rely on an imperfect jury to punish another fellow man that can't be
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