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  •  ok... (0+ / 0-)

    so who can tell the judge to stop doing that?

    I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

    by jbou on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:18:14 PM PDT

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    •  Prosecution appealing the rulings (5+ / 0-)

      or judicial ethics are two off top my head, but that would require the criminal justice system to stop denying its race problem and to make it center stage of how policies are shaped

      •  if you can't get people to agree on the problem... (1+ / 0-)
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        how are you going to get them to agree on a solution? I bet you can ask every prosecutor in this country if the poor people they are prosecuting  are getting a fair shake and I bet a good majority of them would say yes. So we have identified a real problem with a real solution. You have identified a real problem but your solutions are not based in reality.

        I sing praises in the church of nonsense, but in my heart I'm still an atheist, demanding sense of all things.

        by jbou on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:28:28 PM PDT

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      •  If you think prosecutors being able to appeal (0+ / 0-)

        not guilty verdicts is going to help people suffering from racism I'd love to hear the reasoning.

        . On ne gagne que les combats que l'on mène

        by NearlyNormal on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:29:24 PM PDT

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        •  Pretty sure that's not what bruh1 said (3+ / 0-)
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          a2nite, Dogs are fuzzy, bruh1

          Pretty sure bruh1 is saying you appeal the judge's in-trial rulings.  Meaning, if the judge says you can't refer to "racial profiling", you appeal that ruling to a higher court.  It's a strategy that's not without risk, though.  First, you're pissing off the trial judge (whom you WILL be before again at some point) and, second, judges tend to back each other up on such things, unless the ruling is absolutely beyond the pale.  In this case, restraining the prosecution from arguing race is not likely to be overturned unless the judge in the other court is black because the white judges will hold the same bias.  Sorry to be so cynical, but the facts are what they are.

          "Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."—Frederick Douglass

          by costello7 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 10:51:46 PM PDT

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