But we're going to hire a PROFESSIONAL makeup artist on the taxpayer dime to cover up the swastika on an accused murderer's neck. (Article here.) We wouldn't want the jury to get all biased and all.
I suppose justice is blind, but people in court are not. That's why the scraggly kid who (legally necessary word to follow parenthesis) "allegedly" threatened my son with death, repeatedly trespassed on others' property after being warned to stay away, and defaced the sanctuary area of a CHURCH got a nice little haircut before his appearance before the juvi judge. He looked like a little mini-businessman, is what he did.
Did it help his case? I don't know. There's no way to know these things. Then again, the taxpayer didn't foot the bill for the kid's professional haircut. Why should they for the makeup artist?
But... the other side has a good point, too. You want a conviction for murder to STICK and not be overturned by anyone else because jurors were prejudiced against the accused and etc. etc. So... whatever. Best interest of true justice being served and all that. If I were the victim's family, I would loathe it but dangit, do what you have to do to get this guy gone for good if he's the murderer.
No hating, but... isn't it true that black defendants get thrown into the slammer and/or convicted at a way higher rate than whites for the same crime? Isn't it? Wouldn't a defendant LOGICALLY be able to ask for a total makeover before each trial day so that he can APPEAR to be white? Get the blue contacts out? All that? It seems a bit distasteful to me, but that would be the next logical step, wouldn't it? People would probably be willing to dress up in a bit of makeup to avoid the electric chair or major jail time. And if every black defendant pulled that, it would be a major expense to the state if they had to honour those requests. Then again, would YOU want to take a chance that you are sending some guy to the electric chair because a jury might be subconsciously biased? Sometimes I think about things like that and truly wonder. How fair are we, really?
And would too much makeup on a defendant make the trial null and void because witnesses wouldn't recognize him? Wouldn't it stand to reason that hiding a large tattoo like the swastika in the article is hiding a major identifying characteristic that witnesses would need to make a positive identification?
How "fair" do we really have to be to these defendants before it gets a little ridiculous?? Do we need to play theme music as everyone enters the courtroom like they do on People's Court?