The United States Criminal Justice System Essay

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We are told that laws are here to protect us and the common good, but what if certain laws harm us? Slavery was considered a constitutional right and was upheld many times in court even thought massive amounts of Northern disagreed with the laws. And rightfully so! Should they have respected these laws that made people property? I hope not. The law no longer protected the people but the people protected the people. Jury nullification was used to acquit, or free someone from all charges. Would freeing a slave not be considered justice?
In light of this information I can only hold true this statement. Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice. I am now tasked with providing definitions to clarify the debate.
The United States Criminal Justice System is “The system of law enforcement that is directly involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and punishing those who are suspected or convicted of criminal offenses.” According to Oxford Dictionary.
Jury nullification is “A jury 's knowing and deliberate rejection of the evidence or refusal to apply the law either because the jury wants to send a message about some social issue that is larger than the case itself, or because the result dictated by law is contrary to the jury 's sense of justice.” According to Cornell University Law school.
Ought designates a duty to act according to Oxford dictionary.
To be used is to deploy…

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