Murder on a Sunday Morning

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David Cole wrote, "Our criminal justice system affirmatively depends on inequality." Race and class have long been issues in the criminal justice system, but does the system "affirmatively depend on inequality?" Does the criminal justice system depend on the disparities of the people that it serves? I have been learning about our criminal justice systems for three years, and consistently going to different types of Courts for assignments and my own interests in order to eye witness the court systems and how the main figures in Courts perform fairly in following the U.S. Constitutions. For the most of time, Judges were diligent, patient, courteous, and fair minded, the Defense Attorneys and the Prosecutors were efficient in the preparation and trial of the case, and seemed to respect each other in dealing with the case and even the police officers seemed to be adequately trained in courtroom decorum, respecting every person in the courtroom without any biased. However, after watch the documentary film, “Murder on a Sunday Morning” directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, I started to question about the reality of the American Criminal Justice System and thought American justice is possibly somewhat blind. The film relates to the course in a several different ways, but I found the issue of Due Process the most significant topic in the documentary because it well presents the inadequacy of the American Justice System where it is supposed to be ensured by Appellate Process. I clearly remember learning about the Appellate Process which is supposed to act as a shield for defendant guaranteed by the Due Process. In this incident an African-American teen was arrested for the murder and armed robbery of a white tourist in Jacksonville based only upon the eye-witness account of the tourist’s husband. The teen was subsequently denied the right to make his phone call or contact an attorney, interrogated for an inordinate amount of time, threatened, racially slurred, struck...
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