Har­vard law grad calls on blacks to refuse to con­vict each other

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

In re­sponse to the mis­trial of a for­mer South Carolina po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of mur­der­ing a flee­ing black man, the ed­i­tor of a prom­i­nent le­gal site is call­ing on black ju­rors to ac­quit black de­fen­dants ac­cused of, among other things, mur­der­ing white peo­ple.

Elie Mys­tal, ed­i­tor of Above The Law, said ac­quit­ting black de­fen­dants re­gard­less of guilt would “put the shoe on the other foot for a change.”

“Maybe it’s time for black peo­ple to use the same tool white peo­ple have been us­ing to defy a sys­tem they do not con­sent to: jury nul­li­fi­ca­tion,” Mr. Mys­tal said in the op-ed pub­lished Wed­nes­day. “White ju­ries reg­u­larly refuse to con­vict or in­dict cops for mur­der. White ju­ries refuse to con­vict vig­i­lantes who mur­der black chil­dren. White ju­ries refuse to con­vict other white peo­ple for prop­erty crimes.

“Maybe it’s time mi­nori­ties got in the game?” he con­tin­ued. “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.”

Mr. Mys­tal, a grad­u­ate of Har­vard Law School, said the sever­ity of the crime makes no dif­fer­ence.

“As­sault? Ac­quit. Bur­glary? Ac­quit. In­sider trad­ing? Ac­quit,” he said. “Mur­der? … what the hell do you think is hap­pen­ing to black peo­ple out there? What the hell do you think we’re com­plain­ing about when your cops shoot us or choke us? Ac­quit.”

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