Skip to comments.What if Zimmerman Gets an All White Jury?
Posted on 04/26/2012 12:00:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Accused murderer of Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman almost certainly will eventually face a jury. And what if that jury is all white? A recent Duke University study showed that all white juries in Florida were more likely to convict a black defendant than mixed ethnic juries. Though Zimmerman isnt black, the defense almost certainly will pull out all stops to make the case that Zimmerman was the real victim and that Martin was the aggressor. In essence this means that jurors will be asked to do a defendant and victim role reversal and put Martin on trial.
The massive barrage of digs, innuendoes, and slanders of Martins character and actions that fateful night has been relentless since the killing. So the rule that black defendants inevitably get the short end of the jury stick will be very much in play in the case against Zimmerman. Thats where the danger of an all white jury comes in in the Martin slaying. It could easily happen. Two years ago a Bureau of Justice Statistics report found racial discrimination in jury selection is still rampant, even blatant. A Supreme Court ruling and other court rulings that ban all white or non-black juries have been in far too many cases no more than paper decisions that have had little effect in insuring a diverse jury in cases involving black defendants. The same holds true where blacks have been the victims, and whites or non-blacks the defendants, as is the case with Zimmerman.
The report found that prosecutors and judges in eight Southern states used a litany of dodges, tactics, and legal ploys to outright exclude blacks from juries, or whittle the number of blacks on juries down. In capital cases, some jurisdictions dont even go through the legal pretense of trying to get a racially balanced jury. In North Carolina at least 26 current death row defendants were sentenced by all-white juries. A new North Carolina state law, the Racial Justice Act, and a recent courageous ruling by an African-American judge to overturn the death sentence of a convicted black murderer under the act drew national attention to the blatant bias in all white jury decided cases.
The report also found that a racially diverse jury weighed evidence and testimony longer and more carefully, brought different perspectives and life experiences to the deliberations, and made fewer factual errors. These are crucial factors in the rare cases where cops are charged with killing young black or Hispanics. A jury with no blacks, composed of mostly older middle class whites, and non-black ethnics, is much more likely to believe the testimony of police and prosecution witnesses than black witnesses, defendants, or even the victims.
Prosecutors have a big task in trying to overcome pro-police attitudes and the negative racial stereotypes. Two Penn State University studies on racial perceptions and stereotypes, one in 2003 and a follow-up study in 2008, found that many whites are likely to associate pictures of blacks with violent crimes, and in some cases where crimes were not committed by blacks they misidentified the perpetrator as an African-American. In three major racially charged cases in past years where blacks were the victims either beaten or killed by white cops Rodney King, Oscar Grant and Sean Bell, defense attorneys depicted all three men as the aggressors who posed a threat to the officers. They played up and exaggerated their run-ins with the law to depict young blacks as crime prone, menacing figures. The idea was to subtly and openly play on the prejudices, stereotypes, and negative beliefs of many white jurors toward young blacks.
Even when the victim has no criminal record and poses no threat to officers, the negative racial typecast still kicks in. This was the case when white jurors acquitted the four New York City cops tried for gunning down African immigrant, Amadou Diallo in 1999. They claimed that they feared for their lives.
Legal experts blame the paucity of blacks on many juries not on deliberate racial discrimination, but to the paltry number of blacks in the jury pool, changing demographics (the city is majority Hispanic, Asian and white), and the failure of blacks to heed jury summons.
This begs the issue. It doesn't much matter how few or how many blacks are in the jury pool, if prosecutors (or defense attorneys when the accused is white and victim black) use a storehouse of challenges, questionnaires, and profiles, to systematically strike blacks from a jury. And sometimes, they dont even bother with the ploys.
The Dallas Morning News revealed in 2006 that Dallas prosecutors systematically dumped blacks from juries for years. The Supreme Court tossed the conviction of Texas death row inmate Thomas Miller-El based on a Dallas prosecutor's brazen racial jury sanitizing. Yet prosecutors still try to get as many whites, and as few blacks as possible, on juries.
The Zimmerman case jury may be fair and impartial. But to pretend that racial bias doesn't exist in racially charged trials is self-serving and dangerous. His case could again cast an ugly glare on jury race bias.
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2876485/posts
George Zimmerman Has Black Roots http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2876518/posts
If Zimmerman has a fair judge, there will be no jury.
Since we’re paying so much attention to race these days, maybe they should fly in some Australian Aboriginals just to make sure everyone is equally represented in the trial.
I hope he does. I would love to see Detroit burn to the ground live on FOX.
I notice that Earl Ofari Hutchinson has finally taken someone’s advice and got rid of his annoying little African cap and started wearing a tie regularly.
What if he gets a Latino jury?
The left will win no matter what.
Conviction - proves their convictions about racism.
Acquittal - proves their convictions about racism.
Dismissal - proves their convictions about racism.
Riots to follow. The riots will prove their convictions about racism.
Like it or not, the left defines the public debate in this country and most have been conditioned to accept it. How else can you explain how so many have decided this case absent the evidence or facts? How else would you explain the “gravitas” so many assign to Sharpton and Jackson? Men who accomplish nothing beyond advancing themselves!
The stated goals of the original civil rights leaders were achieved, but the left hijacked the movement to consolidate and gain power. It’s all about ideology and has little to do with justice.
All I can say is, "Play That Funky Music White Boy". Har.
Damn, I now on the DHS list? Oh well.
Ain’t gonna a jury. it will get tossed for lack of merit.
May 8rh is 92 @ll over....
Any self respecting prosecutor would never bring this case to trial. Unfortunately, we have way too many like that Nifong bastard from the Duke Lacrosse case.
Seminole County (Sanford’s county) is 11% black - http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12/12117.html
Then the facts, law, and fear will dictate their decision.
What if Zimmerman gets an all black jury?
What if they all have the mentality of Roseanne Barr?
If some 17 year old, 180 pound teenager was sitting on my chest pounding the back of my head into concrete and I had a hand gun; Well, there is no doubt about the outcome of that situation. Poor innocent little Trayvon would be pushing up daisies. Putting this man on trial is a complete travesty.
I was ten years old and standing on the roof of our house with my father during the Detroit riots watching large swaths of downtown burn. My father had a .455 British Webley strapped to his hip. A little something that he brought back from WWII. Up and down the block, neighbors were sitting on their front porches with various combinations of hunting riffles and shotguns. No rioters ever came to our neighborhood. Instead, they burned out their own sections of town. No surprise there.
After that, all of the white folks moved out of Detroit. You can see the results for yourself. After 35 years of Democratic/Socialists/Exclusively Black Rule, Detroit is done. The greatest industrial city in the history of mankind is now a pitiful shell. This has always been a lesson to me. Thugs, rioters and punks always go for the easy pickings. Keep your powder dry my friends.
Is the author suggesting that non-whites are better at ascertaining the truth? Foolish me - I always thought the purpose of any trial was to seek the truth.
We are in the process in this country of “enfranchising” a special rights minority. The Civil Rights Act began the process. The real disenfranchised population and the real minority is the population of white males in America, which has no special statutory protections or any type of “victim” status, because it has been deemed by generations of self- flagellating liberals to be the “oppressor”. America is on its way to being ruled by the twelve percent. This will be the final “reparations” payment. Handing over the reins of authority. The DOJ has sent the signal that black crime and the Black Panthers will not be prosecuted. But that any attack upon a black by a white is ipso facto a “hate crime” and you will be prosecuted for that. If you are a white male you will no longer be allowed to defend yourself in the event you are attacked by a Black. The media refuses to report black on white crime and only reports the reverse, when it occurs as a statistical rarity. We are on our way to becoming South Africa. The chickens are coming home to roost and no jury in America will besmirch Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is toast because the elites are fearful of a race riot. The fix is already in. And the elites know whites don’t riot. Just like the phony OJ verdict. It kept the buildings from burning. Riot insurance. All the testosterone is on the other side. Has the media mentioned anything recently about the ongoing investigation into the attack, rape and subsequent murder of those two white octogenarians (husband and wife) by a 25-year-old black assailant named Woodfork? Why is that horrendous crime being covered up and ignored by all of the commentators on Fox and all the other networks?
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