Racial Bias In the Courtroom

Yesterday I watched civic duty become civic dooty.

It is part and parcel of every citizen to support our judicial system. When the summons arrives in the mail informing that you have been selected for jury duty, you serve. That’s the system.

Yesterday, that system failed. I wish that I could say that no one saw it coming, but that would be a lie. The warning was given 90 years ago by someone who recognized the danger, but the warning was ignored.

Henry Cabot Lodge was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. He had a PhD in history from Harvard and was a supporter of U.S. expansion. He knew a truth of immigration now forgotten. Living in America does not make someone an America any more than standing in a garage makes them a car.

To prevent what he foresaw as a collapse of freedom, Cabot insisted on strict limits for expansion and said so on the floor of the Senate.

“True Americanism is opposed utterly too any political divisions resting on race and religion.”

“If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.”

Speaking of Lady Liberty he said, “Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.”

Falling dominoes. The jury, myself included, was given a case and instructed to render a verdict. Simple enough, examine the evidence presented, understand the express limits of the law involved, and find the defendant either not guilty or guilty.

The problem? One of the jurors was of the same ethnic origin as the defendant. “True Americanism is opposed utterly too any political divisions resting on race – .” Even though the evidence was clear and at one point the defendant said from witness stand that he had committed the crime he was accused of, that one juror refused to convict. Even after hours of deliberation Juror #5 remained adamant.

The judge declared a mistrial and a guilty man walked free.

There are twelve million Illegals living in this country, affecting the economy, the job market, and the judicial system. Barak Obama vowed to fundamentally change America. How do you like it so far?

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