Op-Ed: Black people are wrongly convicted more than any other group. We can prevent this with the right support.
On the heels of a recent ruling in Georgia that found that prosecutors can’t force witnesses to testify against the white defendant who killed them, it’s time we rethink how we convict people of crimes.
This piece was written by Justice, a Black feminist media collective, and was originally published on the website, The Frisky.
A recent legal ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court found that prosecutors can’t force a witness to testify against the defendant who was convicted of murdering the person who killed them. The ruling was against a defendant whose defense was that he was never in the wrong place at the wrong time. The ruling was also against the defendant’s race, the victim’s race, and the race of the witness.
The Supreme Court had to rule on Georgia’s “Batson” trial, which was widely covered in the media. The trial was a racially and gender based trial, where the victim of the defendant’s killing was white, the defendant was black, and the defendant’s ex-girlfriend/partner was black. The Supreme Court ruled that it was impossible to find a black person guilty solely on the basis of their race when asked to testify.
The ruling was also based upon evidence that prosecutors can’t ask a black defendant about the killing of a white person, because it’s impossible to prove the two things at the same time. This ruling has been controversial since its announcement. The main argument against the ruling is that there’s always been a small group of white people who have killed white people, and that’s what gives people the right to kill them. This argument is used against a white person who kills someone of a different race. This argument is based on the fact that historically, historically there’s always been a small number of black people who have killed white people.