originally posted by: JoshuaCox
So what was the date and state of the first acquittal of rape or murder by a black male with a white victim??!
You're approaching this all wrong--you should be looking into known wrongful convictions, which would be probably much easier to find.
Then you also must consider evidence "back then" versus it now--yes, I'm certain per the relatively racist history of the US that there were many
people convicted based solely on skin color versus evidence, but the standards of evidence in rape cases have always generally been higher than one
can prove, even now (and for good reason).
I would really like to know that nationally and on a state by state basis, but I am unfamiliar about what the easiest way to find that
You are treading in legal-research water that is vast and unending--this is the type of thing that takes legal scholars a LOT of time to compile.
You're not going to get this in a request for info on ATS or a quick Google search, unless there are books out there already on this topic.
You should try calling up some Black-History museums and organizations--they may be able to help better than the average ATS member...and some of us
not-so-average when it comes to legal-field professions.
I am wondering how late historically it was before that dynamic changed... or even has it ever changed..
Yes, of course it has changed. Hell, if O.J. got acquitted in the 90s of murder (that was rather obvious, IMO), times have absolutely changed.
The math would make it impossible for it never to have happened in some states.. especially when the conviction rate on rapes is notoriously
I feel like you're implying that black men get convicted because they're black still--I find that hard to believe in 99.9999% of cases anymore. But
the reason that rape convictions are so low is because, as I noted, the standard of evidence to convict is very high, and often times, rape cases are
reduced down to he-said-she-said instances, and those usually won't even make it to trial, and if they do, they will not end in a conviction without
When I worked on both the prosecution and defense side of the courtroom as a paralegal, most rape allegations ended in the withdrawal of the
allegation after investigation determined...well, less-than-pure motives for the allegation on the "victim" side (lies, trying to hide an affair,
trying to ruin careers, etc.). Of the cases that did make it to court, many of those ended in acquittal because, again, there wasn't enough evidence
to convict or the victim left reasonable doubt on the table at the time of closing arguments.
I recall one specific time where I had to watch a defendant be transferred to the detention facility after being convicted on questionable evidence--I
worked on the prosecution's side and I was convinced that he was not guilty, and I think that others on the prosecution side may have been, too,
although they couldn't openly state it. I felt bad for that guy, whereas in most cases I loved seeing the defendant shuffle out of the courtroom in
shackles and get put into the van to be taken to detention.
Sorry, I went off on a tangent, there, but what you are asking for either already exists in books or other research, I'd bet, but you're not really
going to amass such information quickly or without access to good legal search engines.
Good luck, though.