The Worldnetdaily’s Racial Delusions


A black man who has been on death row in California for a quarter century has been granted a new trial by a federal judge because the jury was all-white and the prosecutor dismissed the only black juror in the pool. The Worldnetdaily has a take on this that is so bizarrely out of touch with reality as to be perverse:

In California, a death-row inmate had his conviction for a horrific double murder in the late 1980s overturned. The surprising reason for the reversal wasn’t new-found evidence or poor legal counsel – it’s due to the fact that none of the jurors in the original trial were African-American.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sam Crittenden will receive a retrial after his lawyers successfully argued before a Sacramento judge that the prosecutor who tried the case demonstrated racial bias when he dismissed the lone prospective black juror from the jury pool.

Jack Cashill, who has written about the similarly racially charged George Zimmerman trial in his new book “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” believes Crittenden’s case demonstrates a growing demand for two separate systems of justice in America.

“As the Crittenden case suggests, we may be moving towards two separate systems of justice at the federal level, one for African-Americans and one for everyone else,” Cashill commented to WND.

Cashill is nothing short of delusional if he believes that we don’t already have two separate justice systems, one for blacks and one for whites. But it works precisely the opposite of how he absurdly thinks it does. I’ve documented this for the better part of the last decade on this blog and I won’t bother rehashing the voluminous data that supports it, but let’s look specifically at the question of whether having an all-white jury creates a bias against black defendants.

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Hell yes. There are dozens of studies that show this to be true. Like this one:

A new study conducted by researchers at Duke University found that the racial composition of jury pools has a profound effect on the probability of a black defendant being convicted. According to the study led by Professor Patrick Bayer of Duke, juries formed from all-white jury pools in Florida convicted black defendants 16 percent more often than white defendants. In cases with no black potential jurors in the jury pool, black defendants were convicted 81 percent of the time, while white defendants were convicted 66 percent of the time. When at least one member of the jury pool was black, the conviction rates for white (73%) and black (71%) defendants were nearly identical. Professor Bayer commented, “I think this is the first strong and convincing evidence that the racial composition of the jury pool actually has a major effect on trial outcomes… Simply put, the luck of the draw on the racial composition of the jury pool has a lot to do with whether someone is convicted and that raises obvious concerns about the fairness of our criminal justice system.”

The fact is that white people are still far more likely to view blacks as inherently more likely to be criminals and that prejudice has a significant effect on their ability to remain objective when deciding whether a black defendant is guilty or not. Prosecutors know this, which is why they will go out of their way to strike black jurors from the jury pool if the defendant is black. The Equal Justice Initiative has documented the clear patterns of prosecutors doing so while offering empty pretexts for their actions. And the courts have casually allowed this to go on despite volumes of research on how strongly it biases the juries.

A separate criminal justice system for black people? We’ve had that for hundreds of years.

Comments

  1. dugglebogey says

    How exactly was George Zimmerman “railroaded?” He admitted that he shot and killed an unarmed man.

    The only injustice is that he was going to be released without having to prove self defense (an affirmative defense for use in trial) to a jury. The system corrected this error, charged him with the crime and he successfully defended himself as he should have been required to do in the first place.

    Where’s the railroading in that?

  2. says

    If a jury isn’t approximately a 50/50 mix of male/female, with 3-4 non-white individuals (at least one of which should be black and one Hispanic), then the jury is not an adequate representation of the country and thus does not represent the defendant’s ‘peers’.

    And if this is not the makeup of the jury, it indicates a problem. It occurring once may be a coincidence, but since a pattern of such clearly exists, countermeasures must be implemented to avoid even the appearance of an issue.

  3. Jordan Genso says

    I wonder if Jack Cashill thinks the verdict would have been the same if every juror during the Zimmerman trial was African American? According to his argument, there would be no reason for him to be opposed to such a jury, correct?

  4. eric says

    “As the Crittenden case suggests, we may be moving towards two separate systems of justice at the federal level, one for African-Americans and one for everyone else,” Cashill commented

    How the frak does a court case involving a hispanic defendent say anything (one way or another) about a seprate justice system for African Americans?

    Its like he’s just stringing bigotries together. ““As the apple case suggests, we may be moving towards two separate systems of justice at the federal level, one for oranges and one for everyfruit else,” Cashill commented

  5. Matt G says

    I was on a jury which was all Euro-American except for a Cuban man. During deliberations, what appeared to me to be racial bias from the Cuban man surfaced. I asked him if he had a racial bias. He told me he thought blacks were violent by nature and wanted revenge for slavery. My attempts to get him removed failed. The interesting thing was, it was the defendant who was white (and an MD!) while the witnesses were black and (non-Cuban) Hispanic (the security guards). The defendant claimed that the black head of security attacked him, but provided no corroboration. If you believe blacks are violent by nature, of course, who needs corroboration! The MD was clearly guilty (of shoplifting and assault) but we ended up a hung jury. What a fiasco!

  6. jaybee says

    juries formed from all-white jury pools in Florida convicted black defendants 16 percent more often than white defendants

    Mathfail.

    They say all-white juries convicted white defendants 66% of the time, and black defendants 81% of the time. (81-66)/66 = 22.7% greater conviction rate. The difference is 15 (not 16) points greater, but not 16 percent.

  7. dingojack says

    Let’s say there are, say, 36525 trials a year. Let us further say that 7305 trials have white defendants and 29220 trials have back defendants.
    Then there will be 4821 white convictions (65.99589% of all white defendants on trial) and 23668 black convictions (80.99931% of all black defendants on trial). That’s a ratio of 1 white conviction per 4.909 black convictions. There are 659.95893 convictions per thousand white defendants as compared to 809.99316 conviction per 1000 black defendants (a ratio of 1 to 1.2273387 convictions white defendants to black defendants). 83.07767% of all convictions are of black defendants, or 64.79945% of all defendants are both black and convicted.
    ‘There are lies, damn lies and statistics’.
    :) Dingo
    ———-
    * A chi-squared analysis of the above (with a null hypothesis that conviction rates between the two groups would be equally likely and therefore proportional to the number of defendants in each class) shows such a result would be very, very unlikely to be due to chance alone (ca. 1×10^-38)

  8. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    @dingoack

    … damn you, with your maths. Now my brain hurts.

    @jonathongray

    Probably not. As far as I’m aware, “white people are all criminals” is not popular stereotype.

  9. khms says

    It seems to me this is also pretty strong evidence that juries are not a reliable way to determine guilt. (Of course, that raises the question if judges are better or worse.)

  10. dõki says

    Quoth jonathangray #11

    I wonder if an all-black jury would be more likely to convict a white defendant.

    If I look for “all-black jury” and “white defendant”, Google returns me six pages of results, apparently all hypotheticals. So, I guess this is something that has actually never happened?

    o.O

  11. says

    @ dõki:

    I’m not sure that I’ve seen any of your comments here before. If you are new, you may not be aware that Johnny Abitshortofgraymatter is a guy who likes to use clips from movies to bolster his inane assertions.

    Johnny’s a KKKristianist apologist and I’m pretty sure that for him and his fellow turds in the punch bowl, “non-white” fits neatly into the “beasts of the field” over which he and they have dominion–thanks to their
    GOD.

  12. dõki says

    democommie,

    Oh, I had no idea. I hope Johnny doesn’t get too distressed when he notices a Hispanic has answered to his comment. =þ

  13. Pen says

    A system should be put in place to hide the race of the defendant from the jury as much as possible, for example when there is no obvious racial component to the cime. I know it’s tricky to accomplish, partly because people may recognise race on accent, voice tonality and figures of speech as well as appearance, but it’s a possibility worth pursuing. It would get rid of lots of other biases as well, based on how attractive people seem, for example.

  14. dingojack says

    Pen – we could always dress the defendant in a long white robe (with a nice friendly red cross on the front, to eliminate any religious bias) and then place a matching conical hood with a couple of eye-holes cut into it over their head.
    I’m sure white juries would never vote to convict no matter the race of the defendant!
    Dingo

  15. jonathangray says

    Thumper: Token Breeder:

    As far as I’m aware, “white people are all criminals” is not popular stereotype.

    No, they’re just slavering racists itching to gun down blacks.

    dõki:

    If I look for “all-black jury” and “white defendant”, Google returns me six pages of results, apparently all hypotheticals. So, I guess this is something that has actually never happened?

    Who knows?

    I hope Johnny doesn’t get too distressed when he notices a Hispanic has answered to his comment.

    Haven’t you heard? In Trayvonia, Hispanics are classed as white.

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