Liberals want to investigate jurors for racial bias if they convict criminals

gavel-1017953_960_720The race-baiting on the left just took on a whole new — and creepy — dimension.  Not content with spotting racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or dry asparagus, they now want to investigate jurors for racial bias if they convict criminals in a court of law.

According to the Investor’s Business Daily:

Several liberal groups, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, are backing a major lawsuit that aims to subject jurors to investigation for racial bias after they convict criminals.

If they succeed, defense lawyers could challenge convictions based on the vaguest notions of bias, and there are liberal judges who would no doubt agree to overturn them.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear their crusading case: Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado.

Hispanic immigrant Miguel Pena-Rodriguez claims his Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury was violated when the state convicted him of criminal sexual contact with two teenage girls. Despite overwhelming evidence against him, Pena-Rodriguez insists he was railroaded because a juror was biased against illegal immigrants.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, has indicated that she is open to the idea of convicts challenging decisions based on race.

“There may be cases of juror bias so extreme that, almost by definition, the jury trial right has been abridged,” she wrote in 2014.

And it’s a certainty the other three liberals on the court feel the same way.

Worse yet, if the left wins this case, the IBD warned that it “would be a slippery slope to jury nullification.”

And no doubt, it could also mean that a lot of actual criminals end up going free thanks to wrong-headed political correctness.



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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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