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New advances in technology have allowed scientist to come up with the DNA scan. The DNA scan allows detectives to match any DNA found with the suspects's DNA to find a match. Experts say that "DNA is superior to all other evidence."(Mestel) The main reason for this is that "each person’s DNA is his or her own unique genetic blueprint."(Mestel) Now people like Damon Thibodeaux, who was marked as the 300th wrongly convicted person, can now be free.
New Technology in the Court
To Kill A Mockingbird-
Racism In Court
Wrong-doings in Court
The court is not always fair and unbiased. There are ways for the prosecution to sway the court, jury and judge. In a suspected murder case, the state prosecutor “excluded all five prospective African-American jurors from serving on the panel” (Richey) The suspected murderer was African American and during the case had also been compared to O.J. Simpson to "enrage the all-white jury and provoke a death sentence for a black defendant" (Richey) In this case, it was argued that the "prosecutor told the trial judge that he'd excluded [one prospective black juror] from the jury because he looked nervous and because as a student-teacher with only one semester until college graduation he might feel an urgency to rush through jury deliberations to get back to school. " (Richey) Blacks are more likely than whites to be acquitted of charges against them. This shows that the criminal justice system is biased against blacks. (Webshots)
Racism In Court
Throughout history, racism has always been a factor that has been present during court cases. Even though juries, judges, and lawyers are required to put race, as well as gender and physical appearances aside while in court, these things have always caused bias criminal charges toward certain ethnic groups. According to 2Facts.com, this is known as "Racial profiling...the practice of using race as an indicator of criminality." As shown in the next slide, blacks are challenged much more for felonies that they did not commit than whites due to racism.
By Carmen Colosi
and Halley Stubis
The Way things Were
With out the modern technology, many people were wrongly proclaimed guilty; for example Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. In his case the only evidence were witnesses. Rosie Mestel explains, "Eyewitness testimony...is used in an overwhelming number of murder convictions, often without being supplemented by any physical evidence."(Mestel)
Mestel, Rosie. "Studies Give a Deeper View of DNA." Los Angeles Times. 06 Sep 2012: p. A.1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 05 Mar 2013.
Blackmon, Douglas A. "DNA Evidence Exonerates Louisiana Death-Row Inmate." Washington Post. 29 Sep 2012: A.3. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 05 Mar 2013
Richey, Warren. "Supreme Court Bars Use of Race in Picking Juries." Christian Science Monitor. 20 Mar 2008: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 28 Feb 2013
Webshots. Disparities in Crime and Race, 1 March, 2013. Web. May 1999.
"Crime and Race." Issues & Controversies On File: n. pag. Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, 4 Apr. 2003. Web. 5 Mar. 2013
"'Don't see how any jury could convict on what we heard--' 'Now don't you be so confident, Mr. Jem, I ain't ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white man...'" (Lee) This quote shows the racism and bias of the court during this time period. The people of the jury will not accept the evidence proving Tom's innocence because they are biased and racist towards him.
"...Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too..." (Harper Lee 201). These days, people are becoming more and more tolerant of races that seem foreign and strange to them, but racism will live on in the deepest parts of our brains for many generations due to our apprehensive human nature. Our suspicions and fear toward new appearances, cultures and beliefs will stay strong until we learn to fully embrace people the way that they truly are.