ShortAnalysis1 - Saalfeld 1 Hayden Saalfeld Dr Cui English 20 January 2017 Short Analysis of The New Crime In recent times the American justice system

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Saalfeld 1 Hayden Saalfeld Dr. Cui English 20 January 2017 Short Analysis of “The New Crime” In recent times, the American justice system has been repeatedly accused of being biased or unfair. Accusations like these are no new occurrence; they have existed since the United States was a young nation. “The New Crime” written in 1870 by Mark Twain explores various court cases in which the verdict is questionable. In some of the cases, defendants who seem to have been completely in their right mind when committing a crime plead insanity, and defendants who show real signs of insanity are convicted. Twain remarks in this piece that he is trying to show “how many really crazy people are hanged in these days, and how many that never were crazy a moment in their lives are acquitted of crime on the plea of insanity” (354). This statement of the purpose of the work shows that he is disgusted by the injustice of the justice system. In this piece, Twain employs sarcasm, particular word choice, and concrete evidence to show that the American justice system is biased towards people of the upper class, and they use the plea of insanity as their escape from conviction, while truly crazy people are hanged. Twain’s first pieces of evidence show how the wealthy are able to take advantage of the biased justice system. First, he explains a series of court cases in Ohio in which a man named Baldwin committed murders and was acquitted after pleading insanity. He committed three separate murders, was tried for each individually, and was acquitted each time. Twain
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