Jury Prejudice

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Essay #: 070057
Total text length is 4,469 characters (approximately 3.1 pages).

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Jury Prejudice
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On July 2, 2011, a jury found that Mason Brown was guilty of committing murder in the second degree. Despite this fact, the judge has become concerned that the reason for the conviction of Brown was not his actual guilt but the fact that he was a Black man who lived in a racially segregated part of town and the victim was a White woman. The judge does not believe that Brown is actually guilty of the crime because it is clear that he did not know the victim ahead of time, and the crime itself seems to have been committed by someone who was intimate with the victim’s life and schedule. The judge thinks that the jury made their decision based on his race and social standing rather than on the facts of the case. As a...
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.....udiced and that their decision was wrong as a result, it is likely that this is true. The judge has a right to overturn the jury’s decision and in this case, should probably do so in order to maintain justice.
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