Charlotte Talks: Is The Jury System In Crisis?
Fewer cases are going to juries, and a veteran of jury trials says that’s not good for democracy. Is the jury system as we know it nearing extinction? Guest host Sarah Delia examines the concerns about the future of this constitutional right.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “riots are the language of the unheard,” but legislators across the country seem to be rushing to silence those cries.
While protests are commonplace in a healthy democracy, the movement to silence dissent is picking up steam.
Over the past several years, there has been a wave of legislation to criminalize protests in America and abroad. This past December, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) attempted to sneak an anti-Israel Political Boycott measure into a spending bill. The measure proposed criminalizing Americans for participating in political protests targeting Israel.
For Black Americans, “Jury of Your Peers” Is a Hollow Phrase
If you are accused of a crime in the U.S., you are guaranteed the right to a jury of your peers. This promise dates to the signing of the Magna Carta, when people were assured that their peers — not the king or someone from a different class — would determine suitable punishment for misdeeds.
The ideal is noble enough in theory, but due to systemic racism, it is not always played out for African Americans. For African Americans in general, systemic racism creates a chain reaction that impacts virtually every area of life.