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Racial Profiling, Equality of Justice, Jury Nullification

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? Resources: The Department of Justice Fact Sheet on Racial Profiling, and Debating
Neubauer, David W. (2001) Debating crime: Rhetoric and reality. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Answer the questions listed below for each of the four articles appearing in Issues 8 and
11 in Debating Crime. Provide a 100-word minimum response to each question.

o Issue 8: "Black Jurors: Right to Acquit? (Jury Nullification)" by Paul Butler, p. 108
? Under what circumstances does the author believe jurors should vote according to conscience rather than law? Does the Supreme Court approve or disapprove of this practice? Why?

o Issue 8: "Jury Nullification: A Perversion of Justice?" by Andrew D. Leipold, p. 111
? According to the author, what is the correct forum in which people should disagree with the law? Why does he believe the courtroom is not the place for disagreement?

o Issue 11: No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System
by David Cole, p. 138
? How do the statistics David Cole presents support his argument that the criminal justice system is biased against minority citizens? Do you think these statistics are accurate? What do you think they reveal about the criminal justice system?

o Issue 11: "Race, Crime, and the Administration of Justice: A Summary of the Available Facts" by Christopher Stone, p. 141
? What does the author write about the progress of diversity in the criminal justice system?

? Answer the following: Select and identify one of the four articles; present the author's
viewpoints, then present arguments against assertions made by the author. Be less
emotional and more factual by supporting your argument with examples.

? Cite sources according to APA requirements.

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Dear Student,
Here is your solution, it was a challenge to answer your inquiries as concise as possible, therefore I decided to present them in this manner, adapt them as you would. The last question on C. Stone's issue 11 seems misplaced & does not explain itself relevantly within said issue, therefore I interpreted it so as to refer to the entire 4 issue/articles cited. So while answering each inquiry, I also worked at making each answer a summary of issues presented.

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Issue 8 - Jury Nullification Views by Paul Butler

For Paul Butler, jury nullification is about voting according to conscience without the constraints of the law & influence of the judge. In the US, jury nullification is based on the idea that the jury represent society's idea of justice by judging the law & the facts & weighing it accordingly when judging upon a case. For him, the criminal conduct of African Americans are tools of oppression that stereotypes judgements & reactions when a black person is under trial or accused of a crime. Butler sees this stereotypes as a sense of unequal justice, a failure of the 'White-ruled justice system'. He believes that non-violent lawbreakers ought to remain within the community than go to prison & the decision as to their punishments be made by African Americans who 'understand their own' ratehr than the laws & procedures of the American Justice system which was written mostly by Anglo Americans. Black antisocial disorder can be better 'cured' by the black community within sanctions they can impose instead of incarceration that only alleviates the deviance of the lawbreaker. The ...

Solution Summary

The solution tackles the legal & criminological issues of jury nullification, racial profiling, equality of justice, race & class in the American Justice System, among others, by discussing a group of select articles that present debates on the topics. The solution is concise and fact-based, and is written in APA-style, stating references used for expansion.