Ethnicity Based Jury Nullification

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In today’s society, ethnicity does have an effect on courtroom proceedings and judicial practices. Where we live also has an effect. Typically in poverty stricken areas, it is more likely to experience much more crime than a place that has a higher income and employment opportunities. There will always be racial tension within the court system, as long as society keeps it in existence. So many times a person is judged because of the race or ethnicity they belong to. An example of this would be the recent situation in Ferguson Missouri and New York We all have a tendency to stereotype a person because they are different a different color, come from a different area, and because they may believe in different practices than we do. Jury Nullification is a process that allows jurors to acquit an individual, even when they are technically guilty, based on evidence and testimony. What the jury is suggesting or believes, is that the law in general is unfair. The jury will sympathize with the defendant, because they believe that they were treated or charged because of race. Jury Nullification has become very controversial because a number of well-known African American scholars encouraged Black jurors to acquit Black defendants Ethnicity not only influences courtroom proceedings and judicial practices, but also practices prior to and following. Because racism still exists within the world, it will continue to overlap within the criminal justice system. According to McNamara and Burns (2009), research suggests that a higher percentage of Hispanics and African Americans were more likely than White to face criminal charges There are various arguments for and against ethnicity- based jury nullification. The pros of race-based jury nullification include: guilty offenders are kept incarcerated, fair trials are warranted, and last but not least there is one

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