A common saying in the criminal justice system of the United States is “innocent until proven guilty”. Although this saying is never outright stated in the Constitution, it is most frequently cited as belonging to the 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. It is a fundamental right- along with the right to a fair trial, which so happens to be the 6th Amendment. These rights are near universal in any country that respects the world of law… but sometimes they’re not. Especially in the United States, depending on the race or gender of the accused, these rights will be flimsily upheld- sometimes not at all. People can, and are, be discriminated against by gender or race in the court system. Men, and especially African-American men, face issues in the legal world that women often do not have to face. This has been going on for far too long, and it is time to put a stop to this injustice and violation of basic human rights.
Innocent until proven guilty is not always upheld. According to a study conducted in 2003, teachers- more specifically male teachers, who were accused of sexual assault on a child were questioned about their experience and trial. Most found that they had not been treated fairly at all; in fact, most people in the court outright assumed that the men were guilty before the trial was even conducted, leaving many in violation of at least two rights: the right to a fair trial and innocent until proven guilty (Budd). The men were also treated very roughly, being called names and nobody believing in their innocence. Male teachers are under scrutiny when they try to do anything with a student, be it a simple tutoring thing or even pointing out a dress code violation (Educatio...
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...o eighty percent larger than that of a woman’s (Palazzolo). This began back during the times of slavery, when slaves would try to sue for their freedom. Because of the laws at the time, these lawsuits were dismissed and the slave was told that they would never be allowed to sue for freedom- but one did. Dred Scott’s lawsuit was based around the fact that he and his family should be granted freedom because they had lived in Missouri for four years, where slavery was illegal. Despite this, however, Scott was not successful in his endeavors and was not granted freedom until his owners gave him and his family to a different person, who eventually freed them due to public backlash about the ruling of the case. Dred Scott successfully earned him and his family their freedom. However, it was short lived, as Scott eventually passed away due to tuberculosis a few years later.
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