First, Nathanson’s argument is based in majority upon statistics and therefore I must invoke the question of whether correlation equates to causation or not. The fact that statistically more blacks or murderers of whites receive the death penalty must be observed more closely as there could be many reasons attributing to sentencing to death. Many of the statistics presented do not accurately represent the cause of the correlation. Second, I present the argument that even if there was truth behind a relationship between discrimination and death penalties, the problem lies with those who are handing out these sentences rather than the idea of a death penalty. The problem can be solved by establishing more set guidelines on who receives the death sentence by making the death penalty more like a civil law practice rather than our form of common law where precedence decides the ruling.
"ix Yet he supplements that contention by saying that if the law "is of such a nature, to the point that it obliges you to be the specialists of treachery to another, then… break the law. "x Through utilization of this quote to the Civil Rights Movement, we judge whether the battle ought to have been overlooked, or
Racism, a factor in Rodney's verdict, an all white jury decided on a black man's fate against four LAPD white officers who tenderized him. They wasn’t a moment where any of Rodney's thought or ideas were taken into account or justified. Racism relates to collective behavior in 1992, because blacks do not agree with the treatment or verdict of how Rodney was being treated, it is a form of Structural strain because racism was the underlying problem that created this negative situation. They wanted to defend and retaliate, they want their rights to be heard which caused them to act out in such a rash
“The law may be color-blind as it is written, but not as it is enforced.” Racial bias in the death penalty can be traced back to Furman v. Georgia, where handing down the death penalty sentence, unfairly, constituted as a cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The reinstatement of the death penalty with its new sentencing guidelines, implemented by the Supreme Court, was to ensure that the death penalty sentence was used in a constitutional way. Despite these guidelines, somehow, racial bias has found a way to thrive. It has been documented that an individual is more likely to receive the death penalty in a case where the victim is White than in cases where the victim is Black. Furthermore, it has been documented that in some jurisdictions, Black defendants are given the death penalty
Nevertheless, To Kill a Mockingbird remains to be one of the most widely taught works of literature and is renowned for ingraining readers with positive views against racism. Set during the Jim Crow Era in the South, To Kill a Mockingbird displays many instances of racism. Atticus Finch, a protagonistic lawyer, defends Tom Robinson: an African American who is falsely accused of rape. Throughout the trial, Scout and Jem Finch are repeatedly ridiculed based on their father’s defense of Robinson. Lynch mobs led by racist towns members gather at the jail with the motive to kill Robinson, although the mob ends up breaking up due to Scout’s comments.
The path leading to the house was lined with blood, the two dead bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman laid on the floor with multiple stab wounds; leaving one to question, who did it. The O.J. Simpson murder case is a very well-known case. A famous man was accused of murdering his ex-wife out of jealousy, but was released as not guilty at the end of the trial. Many people wonder if race was a factor in the court's decision.
The song is a parody of the justice system at the time. Dr. Dre acts as the presiding judge, members of the Los Angeles Police Department are put on trial. The lead prosecutors are other members of N.W.A; Ice Cube, MC Ren, and Eazy-E. They question the police officers on unlawful harassment on a section of the members of the public. The officers are then found guilty, but not of abuse of power or harassment but of being "redneck, white bread, chicken shit motherfucker."
In the courtroom, he states that, “There is one way in this country in which all men are created equal…” (274). Atticus knew race was the main reason this case was brought to trial. At the time the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, took place, blacks were not treated equally. Atticus also knew that if a white man went to trial against a black man, or vice versa, the black man would be guilty no
Hodgman by Frontline, he brought up how the jury was prejudiced against the LAPD and that is why justice did not prevail in Simpson’s case. Instead of the jury objectively examining the evidence for and against Simpson, they had an ulterior motive. They wanted revenge for the LAPD’s actions against Rodney King and for that they were willing to let a guilty man walk. This is the reason why I asserted that race could provoke intense emotions for many people. People in general will side with the race they belong to and would defend their own people against outsiders.
The cost of the death penalty is ridiculous. Mainly the death penalty is against colored. The cost of the death penalty is far more expensive than the criminals that are in jail for life. Death of innocent people is caused by the death penalty, the government has mistakenly killed several people because they didn’t find enough evidence to prove innocent but after the death of the victim the government notice they had killed wrong, could you bring the dead back? Do people really deserve to die?
Georgia law explained that because the murder happened during a robbery, Furman was eligible to be executed if the court found him guilty of the murder. Furman believed that his death sentence was unfair and he appealed his death sentence. He believed that the application of death sentences were unfairly administered and disproportionately targeted African Americans. The issue was whether or not the imposition of the death
In the court of law, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. Thus, Hobart Ison was guilty when killing Hugh O’ Connor. Though by law Hobart was a murderer, many question that very decision. Though a killer, locals of urban Kentucky would argue that his actions are justifiable. Elizabeth Barret creates Stranger with a Camera as a tool to look into those justifications and see the reasons Ison murdered O’Connor.
Michele Alexander has stated that the marginalization, stigmatization, and the discrimination of people of color who constitutes to the new racial caste is not due to them being black, but rather it is the impact of falling into a “non-racialized “ criminal justice system at the epicenter of what is known is mass incarceration. The mass incarceration of the minorities and more so those involved in non-violent drug offenses and the disproportionate application of capital punishments for those killing whites and other disparities in sentencing all point to a legal system that still treat the minorities more harshly when compared to the whites. At one time, Stevenson went to prison, and he was forced to go back to his car to show that he was indeed an attorney. The correction department officers wanted to strip search him and wanted him to sign a book that he was visiting the prison. Contrastingly, attorneys are not supposed to sign the book.
The aforementioned case brings about an interesting and sobering question about racial discrimination and bias and its role in the courtroom. In this instance, the defendant Duane Buck was convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, and her friend in front of their young children. During the cases, sentencing hearing the defendant called upon a psychologist (Quijano) who stated, under oath that “It’s a sad commentary that minorities, Hispanics, and black people, are overrepresented in the criminal justice system”. The prosecutor followed that by asking “The race factor, black, increases the future dangerousness for various complicated reasons — is that correct?” To which Quijano responded, “yes”. With the bar for execution being that the defendant needed to be shown to be a danger to society the testimony of the psychologist stating that a person 's race is a deciding factor in predicting future violent acts clearly brings the question of race into the supreme court.
Georgia, was being battled in the Supreme Court. Troy Leon Gregg was charged with the armed burglary and homicide of two men and found guilty by the Georgia Supreme Court. The Georgia court ruled Gregg be put to death for his crimes against humanity. Gregg’s lawyers appealed this ruling and it became the first death sentence case accepted by the Supreme Court. Gregg argued that the death penalty was unconstitutional under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution, which states cruel and unusual punishment is unlawful (“Gregg v. Georgia”, Capital Punishment).