Judges in Texas and other states may use their intuition when making a decision in a legal matter. In some cases, this is because they believe in their ability to make objective decisions. However, their rulings may also be based on unconscious biases. These are biases that a person may not be aware of when making a decision or forming an opinion. While judges typically don’t try to be unfair to an individual, certain groups are treated better than others.
For instance, research has shown that black defendants are more likely to be sentenced to death. Black defendants are also more likely to be sentenced to longer jail or prison terms than other individuals who are convicted of similar crimes. Research has also shown that those who are confident in their ability to be objective may be more likely to act in ways that agree with their own worldview.
In Massachusetts, a judge refused to dismiss charges against protesters who attended what was called a straight pride parade in Boston. He also ordered that a female attorney for one of the defendants be taken into custody for speaking out against that decision in his courtroom. It has been called into question whether the judge acted harshly because he took issue with members of the LGBTQ community, or the person who spoke out against him was female.
Some who has been charged with a crime, such as drunk driving, may want to hire a criminal defense lawyer to help with his or her case. An attorney may ask that evidence be thrown out if it was obtained illegally or came from a potentially biased source. For instance, the testimony of a witness may be biased if he or she received something valuable in return for offering it at trial.