Race Bias and the Importance of Consciousness for Criminal Defense Attorneys
Andrea D. Lyon
DePaul University - College of Law
March 1, 2012
Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 755, 2012
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
Date posted: August 10, 2012
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