On Thursday, Paul Bedard reported at the Washington Examiner that Elie Mystal, the African-American editor of a top-rated legal website, called on black jurors to frighten white people by automatically acquitting any black suspect charged with murdering or raping whites, regardless of the facts.
According to Bedard:
“Jury nullification would get white people’s attention. Remember how pissed-off white people were about O.J.? And that was just one dude. White people would notice if black jurors simply refused to play along,” he wrote.
Mystal is a lawyer and media pundit for the popular website that covers legal wranglings and law gossip. His column came after a mistrial of a murder case against a white cop who shot a black man.
And it’s not just rape or murder. It’s any crime against a white person or what Mystal called a “white institution.”
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“Black people lucky enough to get on a jury could use that power to acquit any person charged with a crime against white men and white male institutions. It’s not about the race of the defendant, but if the alleged victim is a white guy, or his bank, or his position, or his authority: we could acquit. Assault? Acquit. Burglary? Acquit. Insider trading? Acquit,” he wrote.
Murder? … what the hell do you think is happening to black people out here? What the hell do you think we’re complaining about when your cops shoot us or choke us? Acquit. Don’t throw “murder” at me like it’s some kind of moral fault line where the risk of letting one go is too great. Black people ARE BEING MURDERED, and the system isn’t doing a damn thing to hold their killers accountable. Sorry I’m not sorry if this protest idea would put the shoe on the other foot for a change.
And, he adds, white people who agree with him can join in the fun as well:
And white allies can join in too, if they feel so compelled. As we’ve learned, it only takes one person out of 12 to neuter the justice system. One person out of 12 who recognizes that the system itself is on trial, every trial, and it is guilty. White people have rendered this country INCAPABLE of holding police officers accountable. There might be some white allies who are ready to do more than post frowny emojis on Facebook.
George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf III wasn’t impressed, Bedard said.
“What Mystal seems to be suggesting is that all black jurors should refuse to vote for a conviction for any crime committed against any white person, or any institutions perceived to be white, even if there is no apparent unfairness in the process, and even if the white person has done nothing wrong. Mystal suggests that, if even a small percentage of black jurors refused to vote to convict any defendant of a crime against a white person, it would create ‘chaos’ in the system,” Banzhaf said.
So what is Mystal’s real end game? Does he really want justice? Why no, he doesn’t, and he freely admits it:
We can bitch and we can march and we can refuse to stay in Trump hotels. But until the system stops giving white people something they want — the orderly procession of justice — then they will not be motivated to change the system. I WANT CHAOS IN THE PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE. And you can’t accomplish that with a bomb or a gun.
That’ll fix things, right? What’s scary is that this guy is a lawyer…
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