Center on Race and Social Problems

Do evidence laws perpetuate racism in the courtroom?

CRSP's first lecture of the Reed Smith LLP Spring 2017 Speaker Series was Pitt Law faculty member Jasmine Gonzales Rose. During her lecture, "Objection! How Evidence Law Perpetuates Racism in the Courtroom" Rose investigated the different realities that different races face side by side.

While the language of federal and state rules of evidence may be race-neutral, those rules are not applied irrespective of race, she contended: In courtrooms across the U.S., certain types of evidence are kept out, particularly evidence that would show a defendant’s action is based on a different “racialized reality.”

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