To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In previous eras, anti-Black sentiment was widely acknowledged and sometimes encouraged in the United States. Black defendants have endured a long history of discrimination and inequality in the white dominated criminal justice system. To this day, it is impossible to determine if jurors present an unbiased trial for defendants regardless of their racial background. Although an undercurrent of racist attitudes may continue to influence modern courtrooms, racial prejudice in today’s juries is not as salient and widespread as it had been in the past.
Mockingbird Trial
As To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee indicated, the legal system in courtrooms was largely affected by the pervasive racial injustice and stereotyping found in the 1930’s. Set in a small town in Alabama, the novel describes how Atticus Finch, a well-respected lawyer for his integrity and intelligence, was chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who had been accused of raping a young white woman. Despite the overwhelming evidence that had weighed in favor with Tom Robinson, Scout expressed how he was . Moreover, even when Atticus Finch made his final plea that , the failure of the jurors from completing this moral obligation by achieving an impartial verdict was because the jury was not a full representation of Maycomb. Although the novel establishes that the town of Maycomb had women and minorities, the jury itself was monochromatic and was only consisted of twelve white men. It was due to this absence of

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