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    Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Assuming that a black person is charged with exactly the same crime, with the same evidence, do you think that the legal system treats them equally? Feel free to comment if your opinion is not represented in the options.

    Edit: Both defendants are economically identical.
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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Assuming that a black person is charged with exactly the same crime, with the same evidence, do you think that the legal system treats them equally? Feel free to comment if your opinion is not represented in the options.
    Not really sure on that. I do think the rich are treated more favorably than the poor simply because they can hire more expensive lawyers. Does it work everytime? No, of course not, however take a look at the case where the judge let the teen off with probation because it was argued he would be scarred if he went to prison since he had spent his whole life being rich.

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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Assuming that a black person is charged with exactly the same crime, with the same evidence, do you think that the legal system treats them equally? Feel free to comment if your opinion is not represented in the options.
    My opinion is rather immaterial. There's significant evidence they are treated differently. As are celebrities, politicians, business icons, and the wealthy. (Probably more, but those immediately come to mind.)

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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    I agree with TheNextEra. I think the justice system is divided by income and influence more than it is race. I think a black and white person of equal wealth would likely get about the same sentence, whereas a rich person will not get the same sentence as a poor person regardless of the race of the two individuals.
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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Assuming that a black person is charged with exactly the same crime, with the same evidence, do you think that the legal system treats them equally? Feel free to comment if your opinion is not represented in the options.
    Are they both economically the same?

    edit: I should have read down further, as a couple already wondered the same thing!
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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Are they both economically the same?
    That's a good point. Yes, they are both economically the same.

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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    My opinion is rather immaterial. There's significant evidence they are treated differently. As are celebrities, politicians, business icons, and the wealthy. (Probably more, but those immediately come to mind.)
    You make different points as if they are one. Is the disparity that folks are treated differently because of wealth, "standing in the community" or because of race? Correlation is not the same as causation - obviously one can be both poor and black.
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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Interesting to note:


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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Yes they are treated equally. There is no legal determination to show otherwise.

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    Re: Are blacks and whites treated equally by the justice system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Amadeus View Post
    Interesting to note:

    When the only factor you include is race you aren't seeing the whole picture. There are far more elements that should be considered.
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