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