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Judicial Toleration of Racial Bias in the Minnesota Justice System


Peter N. Thompson


Hamline University - School of Law

William E. Martin


Hamline University - School of Law

January 1, 2002

Hamline Law Review, Vol. 25, p. 236, 2002

Abstract:     
This article examines four specific areas where the Minnesota Supreme Court has chosen to elevate other values above the deterrence of racial or cultural bias in the justice system. These four areas include the following: (1) cases involving claims of inadequate translation by non-English speaking defendants, (2) cases of racial and cultural stereotyping in the justice system including racial profiling in police stops and use of cultural evidence in criminal trials, (3) cases in which the court uses the harmless error doctrine to avoid overturning convictions tainted by racial bias, and (4) cases in which obvious pretexts are used to permit the exclusion of African American jurors.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Racial bias, Racial Bias Task Force, Minnesota, judicial toleration, cultural bias, race, stereotypes, harmless error doctrine

JEL Classification: J7, J71, K41, K42

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Date posted: April 12, 2013  

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Thompson, Peter N. and Martin, William E., Judicial Toleration of Racial Bias in the Minnesota Justice System (January 1, 2002). Hamline Law Review, Vol. 25, p. 236, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1944358

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Peter N. Thompson (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
William E. Martin
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
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