PROFFESSOR 2013 detective
- The room is in turmoil.
- The family is not at home.
- When the family is questioned, it is noted that nothing is missing.
- There is not any evidence of breaking and entering.
- The victim has a knife next to her hand. The knife holder is on the kitchen counter next to the victim.
- There was a gun in a drawer 10 feet from the victim. It was loaded with one bullet in the chamber.
- The victim is 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds, and has well-developed muscles.
- The coroner tells you that her fingernails were broken, and there were bruises on her upper arms.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly asserted that a defendant is not entitled to a jury composed in whole or in part of persons of his own race. Although these rulings establish that states are not obligated to use racially mixed juries, they do not prohibit states from doing so. In fact, a number of policymakers and legal scholars have proposed reforms that use racial criteria to promote racial diversity on American juries. Some have suggested that the names of majority race jurors be removed from the jury list (thus ensuring a larger proportion of racial minorities); others have suggested that a certain number of seats on each jury be set aside for racial minorities.
- How would you justify these reforms to a state legislature?
- How would an opponent of these reforms respond?
- Overall, are these good ideas or bad ideas?