Judicial Toleration of Racial Bias in the Minnesota Justice System

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

13 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2013  

Peter N. Thompson

Hamline University - School of Law

William E. Martin

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 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.

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

JEL Classification: J7, J71, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1944358

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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