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Reply to "III. Correcting The System of Unequal Justice"

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Originally posted by Black Viking:
I don't know the answer to this problem, but I will say this... If you have an opportunity to serve on a jury, just do it! Don't duck and dodge, don't ask for exemption, don't give them a reason not to seat you. There is a very good chance that some Black man or woman needs you on that jury.


To do what Brother Viking? To overlook an individual's crime because he or she is Black? I hope that you're not suggesting we excuse people's crimes on account of their race. As exhausting and emotionally-draining this experience is, I never dodge jury duty. I remember some years ago I served as a jurer for a armed robbery case. The person being charged was a twenty-something year old African-American man who was caught in the act of the robbery. Unfortunately during the arrest, the police officer found drugs on this young man in addition to the hand gun he used to commit the robbery. The van that he used to commit the robbery was also stolen. During jury selection, I watched him as he and his lawyer very carefully selected the jurers that he wanted to be part of the case. For whatever reason, I was one of the jurers that he selected. Perhaps by selecting a predominately Black jury this young man hoped that he would get away with the crime, but after a very brief deliberation, which consisted of examining all the evidence that was stacked up against him, we had no choice but to find him guilty. Therefore correcting the system of unequal justice is necessary, but I don't think giving Black people a free pass to commit crimes is the way to do it.
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