Apply it! Exercises

Does Napoleon Beazley Deserve to Die?
Pamela Colloff
1. Read "Does Napoleon Beazley Deserve to Die." As you learn about this tragic case of a "good guy gone bad," imagine that you were present at his trial. Should Napoleon’s life history have been made more relevant to the trial proceedings and to the jury’s deliberations? In selecting jurors, why do you think both the prosecution and the defense rejected potential black jurors? Whether or not scientific jury selection informed the juror selection proceedings is not revealed in the article. If it had been used, do you think the jury still would’ve been all white? Why? Why not? Finally, did the punishment fit the crime?

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