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I have a few comments about the President’s
Corner column in the December/January
NWLawyer. Ms. Radosevich begins by saying that
Governor Romney, in the recent presidential
election, “received less than 10 percent of the
African-American vote and less than a third of
the Hispanic and Asian-American vote.” She then
proceeds, using these same numbers, to draw a
conclusion that “[i]t is not okay if only 10 percent
of African-Americans think the [ judicial] system is
fair, or if a third of Hispanics and Asian-Americans
do.” That conclusion, by itself, is no doubt valid. It
would not be okay if only those percentages of minorities thought that the “judicial” system (I would
prefer to call it the justice system) was fair. But
what is the relationship between the percentage of
minorities voting for Governor Romney and some
perceived percentage of minorities who think the
justice system is unfair? Is there any connection
between the two at all? Does she mean to say that
if you vote for a Democrat, you think the justice
system is not fair? Is there any actual evidence to
show that minorities think the justice system is
unfair? (If there is, why is it not noted?)
But, she goes on, we (presumably meaning
“we” lawyers who are in the justice system) are
not doing “a whole lot better” than Mr. Romney
at being “inclusive.” And the proof of that, according to Ms. Radosevich, is that “African-American
and American-Indian youth who are arrested are
more than twice as likely to be referred to court
as white youth. The criminal justice system as a
whole disproportionately punishes minorities.”
So, according to Ms. Radosevich, because more