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NA Juries are Incapable of Trying White People Fairly says GOP Senator

Posted by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM
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Top GOP Senator: Native American Juries Are Incapable Of Trying White People Fairly

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Republicans have offered a number of reasons why they oppose the Violence Against Women Act. Some think it’s unconstitutional. Others argue that it’s just a meaningless bill with apatriotic title.

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) added a new one: Native Americans supposedly aren’t capable of holding fair trials.

Last week, Grassley was one of just 22 senators—all Republican men—who voted against reauthorizing VAWA. During a town hall meeting in Indianola on Wednesday, a woman asked him to explain his vote. Grassley responded that the legislation is unconstitutional, a belief shared by at least five of his colleagues.

Since the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to a trial among a jury of peers, Grassley reasoned that white men would be deprived of their rights if those who were accused of violence against Native American women had to appear in a tribal court. “On an Indian reservation, it’s going to be made up of Indians, right?” Grassley said. “So the non-Indian doesn’t get a fair trial.”

GRASSLEY: One provision that non-Native Americans can be tried in tribal court. And why is that a big thing? Because of the constitutionality of it, for two reasons. One, you know how the law is, that if you have a jury, the jury is supposed to be a reflection of society. [...] So you get non-Indians, let me say to make it easy, you get non-Indians going into a reservation and violating a woman. They need to be prosecuted. They aren’t prosecuted. So the idea behind [VAWA] is we’ll try them in tribal court. But under the laws of our land, you got to have a jury that is a reflection of society as a whole, and on an Indian reservation, it’s going to be made up of Indians, right? So the non-Indian doesn’t get a fair trial.

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There is actually no requirement that juries reflect “society as a whole.” The Sixth Amendment requires juries to be drawn from the “State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,” and Supreme Court decisions establish that criminal defendants also have a right to a jury which is “drawn from a fair cross section of the community,” where the trial court convenes to hear their case. But this does not entitle anyone to be tried by a jury that reflects the whole of American society.

A person who is tried in Vermont is likely to have an all-white jury because over 95 percent of Vermont is white. Similarly, a person who commits a crime in the Navajo Nation will face a jury of Native Americans because the population of the local community is made up of Navajo people. There is no reason to believe that Navajo jurors are any less impartial than white Vermonters, and Grassley is wrong to suggest otherwise.

Grassley went to great lengths to tell attendees that he had supported VAWA in the past. “I support 98 percent of what’s in the bill,” he said. If it weren’t for his belief that Native Americans’ are incapable of conducting a fair trial, perhaps he would have voted for it again.

If you want Congress to reauthorize VAWA, sign ThinkProgress’ petition here.

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/21/1619501/chuck-grassley-native-americans/


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ChancesMommy07
by Silver Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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Like I said on FB, How do they keep getting elected? 

lga1965
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM
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 Good grief. What a dork. Just a little prejudiced.

I believe that the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, right?And they want to reauthorize it. But some Repubs are not in favor of it ( because it has nothing to do with them, I bet...)

Arghhh.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM
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Fuckwad.
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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White men concerned about getting a fair trial...um I just don't know what to say. Maybe more coffee will help me understand.
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lga1965
by on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/vawa-reauthorization_n_2728963.html

The Senate overwhelmingly passed its VAWA bill last week, authorizing $659 million over five years for various programs targeting domestic violence. The Senate bill includes new protections for LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence, and gives more attention to sexual assault prevention.

The news that the House is ready to act comes as a handful of House GOP lawmakers unveiled a separate bill that could provide a path forward on what has become the biggest obstacle to getting VAWA through Congress and to the president's desk: a provision in the Senate bill that grants new authority to tribal courts to prosecute domestic abusers.

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM
Grrrr..
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Umm maybe white men should stop raping Native Women - this man is an idiot.

Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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Quoting mikiemom:

Umm maybe white men should stop raping Native Women - this man is an idiot.

 WTF?!

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Feb. 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM
What? That's the whole point of this part of the bill and this man's comments, non-indians raping native women or beating and killing them. Native women have rates of violence against them two and a half times higher than foe any other population. At least 86% of that is committed by non-native men. And tribes aren't allowed to prosecute without the bill.

Wtf indeed.


Quoting Radarma:

 


Quoting mikiemom:


Umm maybe white men should stop raping Native Women - this man is an idiot.


 WTF?!

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Radarma
by "OneDar" on Feb. 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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Quoting krysstizzle:

What? That's the whole point of this part of the bill and this man's comments, non-indians raping native women or beating and killing them. Native women have rates of violence against them two and a half times higher than foe any other population. At least 86% of that is committed by non-native men. And tribes aren't allowed to prosecute without the bill.

Wtf indeed.


Quoting Radarma:

 


Quoting mikiemom:


Umm maybe white men should stop raping Native Women - this man is an idiot.


 WTF?!

 non native means white yeah?

Stupid statements like that are meant to demonize white men. Nothing more, despicable.

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