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Unequal Protection Under the Law: Encoding Racial Disparities in the Case of Smith v. Georgia

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014

A colloquium hosted by the Dept. of Sociology and the Center for the Study of Social Justice


Dr. Stephanie Bohon, Sociology, University of Tennessee

Dr. Meghan Conley, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Civil Rights and Social Justice, University of Mary Washington

Dr. Michelle Brown, Sociology, University of Tennessee

This presentation draws on critical race theory to discuss how Georgia's "fair cross section" jury selection process institutionalizes discrimination against Hispanic participation. Critical race theory will be used to argue that legal precedents based on distorted perceptions of the composition of the Hispanic community in new destination states, common practices of jury forced balancing, and sole reliance on decennial census numbers collided to create case law that unintentionally deprives Georgia's Hispanics of equal protection under the law.



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University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

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