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Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys


Andrea D. Lyon


Valparaiso University Law School

March 1, 2012

Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 755, 2012

Abstract:     
The problems of racial bias pervade the criminal justice system. In this paper a subject that is not much talked about -- the issue of how racial bias affects defense attorneys and the need for defense attorneys to acknowledge implicit and explicit racial biases as a matter of practice -- is examined. Specifically, the paper covers problems of racial bias when defense attorneys make assumptions about (1) their clients, and (2) veniremen during voir dire.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: criminal defense, racial bias, criminal justice


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Date posted: August 10, 2012  

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Lyon, Andrea D., Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys (March 1, 2012). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 755, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2127807

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Andrea D. Lyon (Contact Author)
Valparaiso University Law School ( email )
656 S. Greenwich St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493
United States
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