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  •  Too broad a brush with too wide a range of (11+ / 0-)

    reactions. I think there is ample evidence that juries are often tainted by race, but how much to quantify that by is anyone's guess.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)! Follow on Twitter @dopper0189

    by dopper0189 on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 02:03:20 PM PDT

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    •  I was really wondering about life in general... (6+ / 0-)

      ...rather than a courtroom jury. I've been on many juries. It's such an honor and IMO black and white jurors can all reach just decisions. But race is a factor. Race is complicated and was an issue in several cases of mine where we had to pull together and face the issues and discuss them. Two in particular...

      In one case a black juror, one of a few, had to convince the two holdouts, me and another white juror, both in our twenties, that there was no reasonable case to doubt the white cop and she slowly moved us, over several days, to a guilty verdict of a young black male. It was a victimless drug possession case, the defendant's word against the cop plus paraphernalia evidence, and the white cop was a real asshole in the courtroom, arrogant and cocky and talked about the defendant like he was a POS. After the trial I learned that the defendant was pretty hard core with a record of violent crimes.

      Another it was a mixed jury and there was one guy - a very arrogant, posturing, young, black, male college professor juror who was extremely hostile to the white jurors - and every day he went off into a rant. Again the defendant was a young black make (the victim was a seriously abused black woman). That jury was a grueling experience. The professor held out for a very long time for a not-guilty but the verdict was, without any doubt, guilty. He was irate at the other black jurors and got dangerously personal with them but the jury would not give up. Suddenly one day he left the jury because of some personal reason and we started deliberating all over with an alternate and entered a guilty verdict.

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