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Confusing Cause and Effect

Lawrence Rosenthal

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

December 4, 2008

CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS, Paul H. Robinson, Kimberly Ferzan & Stephen Garvey, eds., 2009
Chapman University Law Research Paper No. 09-05

This brief essay commenting on Paul Butler's article, "Race Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System," prepared for the Criminal Law Conversations project, argues that Professor Butler's proposal of race-based jury nullification to address the African-American community's perception of racial injustice in the administration of the criminal laws, particularly the drug laws, confuses cause and effect. The most important cause of African-American dissatisfaction with the criminal justice system is its inability to keep inner-city communities safe. A regime of race-based jury nullification, in turn, would aggravate rather than ameliorate this serious problem.

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Keywords: jury nullification, racial discrimination, police, paul butler

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Date posted: December 7, 2008 ; Last revised: January 23, 2009

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Rosenthal, Lawrence, Confusing Cause and Effect (December 4, 2008). Chapman University Law Research Paper No. 09-05; Chapman University Law Research Paper No. 09-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1311500

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Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )
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Orange, CA 92866-1099
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