Steve’s defense attorney, O’Brien, tells him, “half of those jurors, no matter what they said when we questioned them when we picked the jury, believed you were guilty the moment they laid eyes on you. You’re young, you’re Black, and you’re on trial. What else do they need to know?” (78-79). What does this statement imply about the American justice system? Does it treat everyone fairly? Do you agree with O’Brien’s assessment? Was race a major factor in the outcome of the trial? Why or why not?
Please post your thorough response to the above questions, then go back and reply or respond to at least two other students’ posts. This is meant for discussion…so question each other on your ideas, but remember, BE RESPECTFUL!