Equality of Justice and Jury Nullification

* 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? The author believes that under the circumstances of jury nullification is when the jurors should vote according to conscience rather than the instructions given by the judge, the law and the facts of the case. The author believes that in the case where black jurors have the right to free a black defendant who they believe is guilty as charged.

The Supreme Court has made it official that they do not approve of jury nullification. But it also has stated that the Supreme Court do not have any power to stop anyone from engaging in this behavior (Paul Butler, 2001). . There is a major discrepancy of whom, what, and when then practice is appropriate. * 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? According to the author of this passage the correct forum for people to disagree with the law is in public.

This is because this is where the expansions and contractions of the law can be talked about and debated, as well as broken down by those who will be affected by the decision that is reached. He does not believe that the courtroom is the place for disagreement because there is no sympathy for a criminal in a courtroom as well as facts that are left out of the case are never presented because these are technical things that do not render a decision in whether the offender is innocent or guilty.

* 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? The statistics that the author presented in his passage just made the argument that he was writing about that more effective, in my opinion. The statistics definitely suggest that there is something going on with Blacks and the justice system that needs to be addressed.

This is another problem that minorities have to deal with on a daily basis. I do believe that the statistics are accurate, and the reason I say that is that I believe I read the same statistics in my Ethnics class, in a chapter about African Americans. Also this article is used for references by the University of Phoenix, so I am pretty sure it is accurate. All the statistics that are revealed in this passage do is justify that there is still and maybe always will be a problem with others in authority positions and minorities.

It may even just be an ongoing problem that has gotten too big to ever stop, because minorities still have to deal with problems that other groups do not. * What does the author write about the progress of diversity in the criminal justice system? The author stated that “Respect can be earned for the justice system not just in its decisions, but by who’s making them. ” He also talked about slow progress that was being made, now is looking as if it is declining. ” He also stated that a lot of African Americans are still at an entry level position and their chances of advancing are very slim (Christopher Stone, 2001).

Paul Butler talked about Black jurors and their right to acquit Black offenders that they believe is not a threat to society. I believe that the person that has committed the crime must accept full responsibility for their actions and the consequences that follow those types of actions. He talked about a perception that society thinks Blacks free Blacks in cases even when the evidence suggest otherwise. In the article “Race and the decision making of the juries” the author suggest that the numbers and research show different.

He says the numbers show that in cases where White jurors and Blacks offenders the number are ever present (Samuel R. Sommers, 2007).

References Paul Butler. (2001). Black Jurors:Right to Acquit? (Jury Nullification). Retrieved from Paul Butler, ADJ/255 website. Christopher Stone. (2001). Race, Crime, and the Administration of Justice: A Summary of the Available Facts. Retrieved from Christopher Stone, ADJ/255 website. Samuel R. Sommers. (2007). Race and the Decision Making of juries. Retrieved from Samuel R. Sommers, ADJ/255 website.