Criminal Law and Procedures – Final Project Paper

In this regard, the Negrete-Vasquez case proves the impact of racial biases on the juvenile justice system and criminal justice system at large. The Negrete-Vasquez case was one of the most notorious cases that have occurred recently. The Negrette-Vasquez case was the jury trial. Negrete-Vasquez was charged with aggravated murder. At this point, the circumstances of the murder committed by Negrete-Vasquez was similar to the circumstances of the crime committed by King brothers because they also acted together as Negrete-Vasquez acted together with Alejandro Aguilar-Madujano.

Important participants of the trial were the judge Jim Fun, the Chief Deputy District Attorney Rob Bletko, and Alejandro Aguilar-Madujano was also involved in the crime and stabbed the victim along with Negrete-Vasquez. Similarly to other cases were highlighted by mass media. Mass media affected consistently the perception of the trial. However, if mass media posed the question why King brothers murdered their father, than in the case of Negrete-Vasquez mass media (Smith, 2011) depicted the cruelty of the crime.

At the same time, similarly to Tate, Negrete-Vasquez was sent to the adult court that was quite different from the juvenile trial as was the case of King brothers, for instance. In such a way, the judge considered the case of Negrete-Vaques severe enough to be sent to the adult court, while the judge in case of King brothers did not consider the transfer of the case to the adult court being necessary.

Furthermore, the Negrete-Vasquez case involved racial issues for Negrete-Vasquez was Hispanic. In this regard, the Negrete-Vasquez case was similar to the case of Tate. In such a way, the criminal justice system is probably vulnerable to the negative impact of racial biases and prejudices on the criminal justice system, including the juvenile justice system. In this regard, the severe sentences to Negrete-Vasquez and Tate prove that the criminal justice and juvenile justice system is biased. In addition, the impact of the public opinion and mass media also affects consistently outcomes of trials.

Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the criminal justice system and juvenile justice system are vulnerable to the impact of biases and stereotypes, including biases and stereotypes related to racial issues.

 

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Goodnough, A. (December 11, 2003). “Youngster Given Life Term for Killing Gets New Trial,” The New York Times

Smith, E. (2011a). “Court rules 14-year-old will be tried as an adult in Cornelius aggravated murder case,” The Oregonian. Retrieved on November 7, 2011 from <_http://www.oregonlive.com/hillsboro/index.ssf/2011/02/court_rules_14yearoldwill_be_tried_as_an_adult_in_cornelius_aggravated_murder_case.html>

Smith, E. (2011b). “Hillsboro teen becomes one of the youngest in Oregon convicted of aggravated murder,” The Oregonian. Retrieved on November 7, 2011 from