By Donald A. Dripps
This remarkably unique and very important paintings argues that the issues are rooted in a disjunction among triumphing values and the present doctrinal regime in constitutional legislation. Dripps asserts that the Fourteenth Amendment's extra normal criteria of due method and equivalent safety surround the values that should govern the legal process.
Why does the yankee felony justice method punish too many blameless humans, failing to punish such a lot of responsible events and implementing a disproportionate burden on blacks? This remarkably unique and important paintings argues that the issues are rooted in a disjunction among triumphing values and the present doctrinal regime in constitutional legislation. Dripps asserts that the Fourteenth Amendment's extra common criteria of due method and equivalent defense surround the values that should govern the legal process.
Criminal technique should be approximately preserving the blameless, punishing the responsible, and doing equivalent justice. sleek criminal doctrine, even though, hinders those goals by way of targeting the categorical procedural safeguards inside the invoice of Rights. Dripps argues renewed concentrate on the Fourteenth modification will be extra constant than present legislation with either our values and with the valid resources of Constitutional legislation, and may advertise the instrumental values the legal strategy should serve. criminal and constitutional students will locate his account of our legal system's disarray compelling, and his argument as to the way it can be reconstructed very important and provoking.
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158 Now you see it, now you don't. Applying this doctrine, born of apparent necessity in Hurtado, the Court through the forties functioned in criminal cases as a court of errors. To be sure, only gross error could justify reversal, but the Court articulated no criteria for distinguishing gross errors from mere errors. Indeed the Court celebrated the unpredictability of its doctrine. Fundamental fairness, on a case-by-case basis, permitted the Court to reverse any conviction it found particularly offensive.
The Court made no effort to reach beyond the case to be decided, no attempt to reform state criminal justice in any general way. In 1932, the Court decided Powell v. "147 The defendants were illiterate young blacks from other states, accused of raping two white women on a train. "148 State law required the appointment of counsel in capital cases, but that requirement was defeated by the trial judge's appointment of "all the members" of the local bar to assist the defendants. In effect, none of the defendants had counsel prior to the day of his trial.
First, 14 About Guilt and Innocence in the historical circumstances it is not quite clear just what else the Court could have done. A broad construction of the removal provision might have prompted its repeal, but of far more pressing importance black jury service would certainly have resulted in retaliatory violence against blacks bold enough to serve, as well as the lynching of defendants likely to have black jurors hear their cases. Without federal troops to oppose force with force, Justice Harlan simply lacked the power to enforce the equal protection clause.
About Guilt and Innocence. The Origins, Development, and Future of Constitutional Criminal Procedure by Donald A. Dripps