Fewer Black Jurors Maybe A Good Thing

By Sinclere Lee

—Sometimes having a Black on the jury can be as worse as having a racist white in that some of these niggers are so stupid that they will go along with the racist white jurors against their own people, and that gives legitimacy to an already corrupted criminal justice system.

Most Blacks who sit on juries in this county will never challenge the majority of white jurors for fear of their bossman finding out how they voted, and as a result, losing their minimum wage jobs.

And another reason some Blacks don't need to serve on juries is that too many so-called Blacks who may quality to serve on juries or either too old or so stupid, that they my vote an innocent Black man guilty when the racist white jurors want to set the innocent Black man free. This is because of the "Clarence Thomas" syndrome; this syndrome suggests that some stupid Blacks want to always show the white man that they can be just as hard on Blacks as racist whites. Let’s face it, this is true, and some of these niggers in our own race are just crazy as hell!

However, pastors of 137 predominantly black churches in the Pittsburgh area are being asked to preach a new kind of sermon Sunday — urging Blacks to sign up for jury duty.

The city chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People organized ``Jury Awareness Sunday'' after an 18-month study by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review found only 4 percent of Allegheny County's potential jurors are Black, even though Blacks account for 11 percent of the population.

``The whole point of having 12 people (judging a case) instead of one is that you get a combination of life experiences,'' said Beth Bochnak, a consultant with the National Jury Project, a consulting group that helps attorneys select juries.

Pittsburgh ministers will be asking their congregations to take advantage of a process that allows anyone over 18 to sign up to be considered for jury duty.

Methods elsewhere are not so simple. Experts say Pittsburgh's problem with Black underrepresentation is likely to occur almost anywhere with large concentrations of minorities because they're less likely to be included in databases commonly used to find jurors, such as voter and drivers' license rolls.

The Constitution forbids race discrimination in jury selection, and minority advocates fear mostly white juries are less sympathetic to minority defendants than a more representative panel would be. Just because you may have a Black on your jury does not mean you will get justice in this country because there are many innocent Black men in prison today because a stupid ass nigger when along with a bunch of racist whites.

In Texas, officials in Dallas, Austin and Houston are reporting underrepresentation of Hispanics in their juries, according to a study by the Dallas Morning News and the Southern Methodist University Law Review Association.

Some states, including Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Indiana, use voter registration lists to find jurors. A February census report estimates 68 percent of Black adults were registered to vote in 2000 elections compared with 72 percent of non-Hispanic whites, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report noted.

Other states try to widen the jury pool by augmenting one database with another. For example, in Lake County, Ind. — where the population is 25 percent Black, although juries almost never reflect that — officials earlier this year began using drivers' license lists in addition to voter rolls.

The databases themselves may contribute to the problem.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review study noted 100,000 jury questionnaires were sent out in Allegheny County to addresses culled from drivers' license and voting rolls — but officials don't buy change-of-address information. Census data shows Blacks are less likely than whites to own homes, and may be prone to move more often.

Groups like the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights note that Blacks with felony records never make it onto voter rolls in states like Pennsylvania and Florida, where they are barred from registering to vote or serving as a juror.

``Nationally, 1.4 million Black men have lost the right to vote under these laws,'' the group said in a recent report. In many cases these men were innocent, and had a stupid ass nigger on their jury.

William Spriggs, director of the National Urban League Institute for Opportunity and Equality, said states should at least consider letting ex-cons who've served their sentence automatically regain those rights.

``I think people might be surprised,'' Spriggs said. ``(Ex-con) jurors might be harsher'' than people without criminal records.

Other experts say underrepresentation is both economic and personal.

The Rev. Helen Burton, pastor of the Trinity AME Church in Pittsburgh, says some blacks fear jury service because they believe they are in some kind of trouble if they receive a jury notice. Others worry they could be targeted for retribution if they serve on a violent case, she said.

People with lower incomes may also have more trouble leaving their jobs for jury duty. In Pennsylvania, jury pay is $9 a day for the first three days and $25 a day thereafter, and lower-income people are less likely to work for a big company that pays them when they're on jury duty.

``In neighborhoods where most people may work in service industries or fast food, to ask them to miss a week of work is like having pneumonia,'' Burton said.

``But in neighborhoods with people who have more access to money, it may be only like asking them to have a common cold.''

The issue of Black underrepresentation in jury pools generally revolves around what some national experts say is a more important question: What constitutes a jury of one's peers?

``It's not strictly accurate to say you're entitled to a jury of your peers,'' said University of Nebraska law professor David A. Harris, who researches legal diversity issues. ``You're entitled to a jury that represents a cross-section of your community.''


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