Weiss v. United States of America
Supreme Court of the United States (1990)
Prejudicial bias is a stubborn thing. Despite society's best efforts
to eradicate it, it refuses to die. If anything, society today is
becoming increasingly polarized along racial and ethnic lines.
Tragically, as this case and the cases cited above illustrate, the
criminal justice system does not always alleviate such polarization.
All too often, the system feeds upon existing prejudicial stereotypes,
and exacerbates tensions by making blatant that which is only latent.
For the reasons stated above, amici respectfully urge this
Court to grant a writ of certiorari and grasp this opportunity to
right the wrong suffered by Steven Weiss -- and to issue clear
guidelines that will help ensure that other criminal defendants
will receive the fair trial to which they are constitutionally
entitled, free from the ugly taint of racial and ethnic bias.
ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA 02138
MORTON M. AVIGDOR
Agudath Israel of America
84 William Street
New York, NY 10038
JOSEPH M. LIPNER
Irell & Manella
1800 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
MARC D. STERN
American Jewish Congress
15 East 84th St.
New York, NY 10028
JEFFREY P. SINENSKY
STEVEN M. FREEMAN
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
823 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
* Counsel of Record
Dated: August 14, 1991