Proofs of Racism in the South/United-States:
This is a clip from a movie about a classic book I read in school, called "To Kill A Mockingbird". Which, after all these decades, still holds true in the Deep South.
Innocent killed for crimes, especially if they are of a hated minority, is normal - though you will rarely find anyone involved in prosecuting the case who thinks they are innocent - pinning a crime on a group that is outside the real group of criminals is a time honored Southern tradition (and believing that, despite all evidence, is another tradition)...
1. "Graves' brother, Arthur Curry Jr., has always insisted that Graves was home with him the night of the murders. "There is no justice, especially here in Texas. Had he done that and I knew it, I could not have hid the truth knowing that someone's family was in torture," says Curry. Graves has not been given an execution date. His lawyer is seeking a new trial."
2. "The Death Penalty Information Center keeps an "Innocence List" which names incarcerated people who have been exonerated since 1973. There are 119 to date. The criteria for inclusion on the list are: "In order to be included on the list, defendants must have been convicted and sentenced to death, and subsequently either: a) their conviction was overturned and they were acquitted at a re-trial, or all charges were dismissed; or b) they were given an absolute pardon by the governor based on new evidence of innocence."
3. Although I support "the death penalty" in theory, I can't support it in the States because of the corrupt government (Federal and State). More Info on the death penalty here.
Duke University released a study on Tuesday that examined the impact of race in jury pools in Florida, and there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that, according to the study, which looked at 700 cases between 2000 and 2010, all-white jury pools are significantly more likely to lead to convictions of black defendants than white ones. The good news is that a single black juror in the pool can alter that dynamic.
Two particularly salient points from Duke'ssummary of the study:
-- In cases with no blacks in the jury pool, blacks were convicted 81 percent of the time, and whites were convicted 66 percent of the time. The estimated difference in conviction rates rises to 16 percent when the authors controlled for the age and gender of the jury and the year and county in which the trial took place.-- When the jury pool included at least one black person, the conviction rates were nearly identical: 71 percent for black defendants, 73 percent for whites.