July 23rd, 2013
11:47 PM ET

Race and Justice in America: Inside the courtroom

As many as 85-percent of Americans say they are not prejudiced, even though study after study shows otherwise.  Not that people are good or bad, just that whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we even sense it or not, race registers.  We make assumptions based on it, whether we realize it or not.   Is racial bias built into the justice system as a number of studies suggest?  I asked my legal panel, including defense attorney Mark Geragos, Robert Hirschhorn, who was a jury consultant to the Zimmeran defense team, and legal analysts and former federal prosecutors Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin.

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  1. paula

    talking about races their is family voilating my privacy for the logest time just becase he doesn't like my last name from father side and pour informationto the public and those people also don't like me becaus of that family and other involve the video been stolen from those families not my family. they showed nudy and proerty and stole proerty from the pass and the prizes that won from location i mention like mcdonalds, subway, long ,shopping spree, apple ipads, best buy, pizza hut and vacation of hawaii. i dont deal with minors and parents seem not to undderstand that their kids are giving high blood pressure which already suffering from cancer family are in debt and they stolee 100,000.00 from subway and the amt from mcdonalds which i culdn't say when ever i mention certain words they pme which a person can't break but refuse to make a offer because the harassment that another person did and stole my identity before from stealing from god father who was kill and never did i receieve the package from him before he died and his co wet out buiness

    July 24, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
  2. joe ansley

    I have started to watch CNN occasionally and appreciate much of Anderson Cooper's work. But i couldn't understand why some of the pannel last night did not challenge the young lady who pontificated about how she had told her son how to act to police and security personnel because he's black. That isn't a black/white issue at all – it's just part of raising children. I am a father of 3 sons and I had the same conversation with all 3 except I took it a bit further in that they knew that teachers and school administrators were to get the same level of respect, and that all authority figures would be assumed to be correct without overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And they knew they were to talk, look and act respectfully to ladies and seniors as well. And no tatoos, piercings, etc. while dad's paying their way, and that included thru college.
    We are a white middle class family with 3 sons that are well educated, contributing members of society raising their children with Judeo/Christian values I'm proud to say. I would suggest that the young lady consider expanding the authority figures to include at least educators and she have her husband issue the acceptable guidelines to their son, or the father of her son if not married. And if no father in the picture, an uncle or another trusted male. Without doubt a nuclear traditional family is best, and statistics verify that, so do the best you can to have responsible male influenece, particularly to sons. O'Reilly is absolutely right that young uneducated single mothers are at the heart of so many problems with poor of all races/ethnicities and we going to have find ways to effectively educate young women of the probable consequences of children raising children. If we're honest with each other and address the issues pragmatically we can do so much better.

    July 24, 2013 at 10:51 am |
  3. Caroline GeermanVanGelder

    Thank you for having the difficult, uncomfortable discussions. Yesterday evening we were watching MSNBC. They were talking about Anthony Weiner...Then we turned to you. Asking the toughest questions, having the toughest discussions. And the people in your audience and panel talking about REAL problems. It's the only way we can move forward is to confront racism and intolerance. Thanks for being courageous.

    July 24, 2013 at 10:06 am |
  4. Melissa Hooper

    Mr. Cooper! I am soooo disappointed that you are facilitating this situation that is brewing. The guests you have on tonight are speaking of racial platforms and not people. I am a white female in the south and I would not be bothered or even be aware (no difference from anyone else) of any of your guests in the elevator with me but I would have looked at Trayvon Martin twice. Any teenager out at 11:00 pm in a hoodie (WHICH THEY SHOULDN'T BE I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS) is potentially a problem, especially teenage boys.President Obama was wrong to take a side & speak out on this case, since Trayvon is not the guy to make a martyr.


    July 24, 2013 at 4:32 am |
  5. sandra

    what we all need to do is move on & not make this an issue the more discussion the further we fall back. this is what makes race such a "subject" everyone has an opinion. no one will change unless they want to. we can talk till were blue,black,brown,white in the face. each human being needs to try harder each day and that is the first step to peace, peace within yourself will become the first step to peace spread to each other. i know this sounds like a "cliche" but really if you just smile at someone more than likley they will respond back. Try it. u might like it

    July 24, 2013 at 1:47 am |

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