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xiv, 538 pages ; 21 cm
  • The race question in criminal law : changing the politics of the conflict
  • History : unequal protection
  • History : unequal enforcement
  • Race, law, and suspicion : using color as a proxy for dangerousness
  • Race and the composition of juries : setting the ground rules
  • Race and the composition of juries : the peremptory challenge
  • Race and the composition of juries : from antidiscrimination to imposing diversity
  • Playing the race card in the criminal trial
  • Race, law, and punishment : the death penalty
  • Race, law, and punishment : the war on drugs.
In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work that is certain to provoke controversy, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy takes on a highly complex issue in a way that no one has before. Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals, probing allegations that blacks are victimized on a widespread basis by racially discriminatory prosecutions and punishments, but he also engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection. He analyzes the responses of the legal system to accusations that appeals to racial prejudice have rendered trials unfair, and examines the idea that, under certain circumstances, members of one race are statistically more likely to be involved in crime than members of another.
Law Library (Crown)