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The Injustice System Becca Sues Dr. Frazier HST/BWS 221 4 December 2011
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“While many claim that the long tradition of racism in the United States ended with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, the legacies of slavery and segregation continue to affect u.s. society on all levels” (Prison Activist). These levels include “the injustice system.” Every American citizen learns in their middle school history classes about the political in justice that African Americans have experienced throughout our history. Young Americans learn with shame about the black mark on our history but sleep well at night knowing that something like that would never happen today. This claim is false. The American judicial system still has current trials that end in injustice for African Americans. I will be comparing the judicial injustices seen in the recent trial of John Thompson to the Scottsboro Boys and the case of Emmett Till by showing the similarities involving the courts and the media. New Orleans businessman Raymond Liuzza Jr. was murdered in 1984. Several weeks earlier an armed robbery occurred. The Liuzza murder was observed by one witness, who claimed that the perpetrator was African American, six feet tall, with closely cropped hair. Following these events, an individual who said he would elicit information on the murder in exchange for money approached the family of Liuzza. This individual accused John Thompson of the murder. Thompson was arrested soon after the exchange. His picture later appeared in the local media. As a result, families of the victims from the armed robbery came forward and claimed Thompson was the perpetrator. Thompson was sentenced to 49 ½ years for the armed robbery and was given the death penalty for the Liuzza murder. Thompson would spend 18 years in prison, most of those years in isolation. He attempted and failed at many appeals. Finally in April of 1999, the Police Crime Lab discovered evidence that the perpetrator of the armed robbery had Type B
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blood. Thompson’s blood is Type O. This evidence was never given over to the defense and never seen again. In the reversal of the murder trial, the prosecutors failed to turn over the witness’s description of the murder. Thompson was five foot eight and his hair was in a large Afro. This withholding of evidence was eventually revealed and Thompson was found not guilty on all charges. Years later Thompson sued the District Attorney’s office of its misconduct. He received $14 million from the jury but “the U.S. supreme court threw out the jury’s award ruling that Thompson had failed to prove a pattern of misconduct that requires training to correct.” This is where Thompson currently stands as of March 30
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