Keeping biases out of courts

How U.S. Immigration Judges Battle Their Own Prejudice

One of the immigrants appearing before Judge Dana Marks in a crowded court here was a boat worker from the former Soviet Union who stared in silence as a prosecutor asked about his criminal history. Another was a mother who started praying after testifying that she had fled Honduras because her husband beat her. She sought divine rather than judicial intervention. In all, 336 people from 13 countries and even more ethnic backgrounds appeared in San Francisco’s immigration court recently over three days. All of them were facing possible deportation, because they were in the United States illegally or had committed crimes serious enough to jeopardize their legal presence as noncitizens. ….[READ]

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