Just Mercy : A Story Of Justice And Redemption By Bryan Stevenson

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In the book Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, there are several topics discussed regarding the American Justice system. One of those many topics discussed is regarding how a person’s race, social status and income, may influence the outcome of a court trail. In present day America, many years after the era of Jim crow and segregation the Justice system still seems to be more lenient towards white Americans, especially those with high income and a good standing in society. The American justice system has become unjust in the trials deemed to be fair, due to an evident prejudice against minorities, their social status and whether or not they receive a well off or poor income.
Jaime Arellano was only sixteen when he decided to get behind the wheel intoxicated, which in return led to the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. In 2007, his case was immediately moved to the adult court of Texas where he was sentenced 20 years in prison. Jaime Arellano, is a Mexican immigrant, which in itself is considered to be in society in the “lowest of standings”. A formerly high school dropout with no money to pay for a highly credibly attorney, the state assigned him one. The attorney could not possibly argue his client’s innocence due to any psychological reasons such as “afluenza”, which resulted in a plea deal of 20 years instead of the 50 he was facing. On the other hand, we have the “afluenza teen” Ethan Couch, who in 2013, killed twice the…

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