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White Justice

Black Experience Today in America's Courtrooms

By (author) Sara Blackburn
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States
Imprint: Joanna Cotler Books
Published: 30th Apr 1972
Dimensions: w 130mm h 210mm
ISBN-10: 0060902493
ISBN-13: 9780060902490
Barcode No: 9780060902490

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Lengthy excerpts from six Black Panther criminal trials (California vs. Huey P. Newton; Charles Bursey; Warren Wells; Connecticut vs. Bobby Seale; etc.) offering irrefragable proof that racist bias exists in the U.S. judiciary. While this will hardly come as news to any sensitive American whatever his color, Blackburn's selections forcefully point up the pervasive extent and corrosive effect of the problem, ranging from jury selection procedures to the much more difficult question of judge selection. It is true of course that the transcripts included here were culled from many thousands of pages of testimony - the Newton case alone comprises almost 4000 - and Blackburn surely chose the most odious examples of prejudicial behavior. But that does not obviate her point nor does the fact that this volume is mainly intended as political propaganda diminish its effectiveness or veracity. Short background notes introduce each trial. (Kirkus Reviews)