Unfair Court Trials


Countless innocent people have been falsely accused of crimes and wrongdoings. Some of these citizens have been sentenced for longer than they should have been when they haven’t done anything. Many are forgotten after chucked behind bars. One of the main reasons for these sentences are by biased judges. Court trials can be unfair in every way possible. Some people have advantages because they are experienced with court terminology and use that against the defendant. But when losing, they can resort to being biased and even racist. In court, judges are supposed to be neutral–not leaning to one side of the argument and taking someone’s side–so nobody has the highest advantage. Judges are on a sworn oath that they would never do such a thing in court. 

According to FacingHistory.org, some judges abandon their vows and nobody can tell. These lead to innocents being sent to jail for something they didn’t do. A study shows that people of African American skin are more prone to go to jail. As SentencingProject.org states: “African Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, and they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences.”  This is along the lines of racial discrimination. Some people don’t think about it to the same depth, but it still subtly acknowledges the long thought that African Americans are inferior to other races such as themselves. This hoax has been around since the 1950’s. Many believe that black and white segregation was abolished long ago, but the truth is that segregation and racial inequality is still alive today, and many don’t even know it. This belief is sometimes passed on to areas around the world, including court trials and law.   

When one is convicted of a crime they did not do or because of an unfair trial, they can be taken out of jail. People with law enforcement education can write up a document with reasons and evidence, stating how their clients are innocent. If viable enough, they may be released. Vanita Gupta, a student fresh out of law school, saw what was happening with the 38 “criminals” who were convicted because one man. Without any further evidence, he lied about the other men selling cocaine. With the raise of one man’s hand, nearly 40 people were sent to jail. Luckily, she was able to acquire the court documents and prove that 35 of the 38 convicted were innocent. 

When asked about the topic, Ms. Albergotti, a history teacher at Herman Intermediate, said: “I feel really strongly about it because people die because of something they did not do. If it was me, it would be a horrendous part of my life. I’m strongly against biased judges because it’s part of their oath to not be biased.” One time, Ms. Albergotti had a bad experience at a DMV involving her husband: “My ex-husband and I went to a DMV to change his license. The lady asked for a birth certificate and my husband asked why.  After that, she privately spoke with me and asked if he spoke english. At the time, he looked Mexican so she thought he wasn’t from here.” 

As our society grows, more and more African Americans are discriminated against. Even more innocent people are sent to jail. This endless chain of hate and blame ends up hurting all of us. If we don’t acknowledge the problem, this problem will turn into a habit, and then a normal behavior. If no one stands for these people, who will? Not many people will take the time and speak for the wrongdoings of judges, biased or not, courts can be unfair and harsh in their own ways.