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The Statistical Evidence Of Racial Profiling In Traffic Stops And Searches: Rethinking The Use Of Statistics To Prove Discriminatory Intent, Melissa Whitney Jan 2008

The Statistical Evidence Of Racial Profiling In Traffic Stops And Searches: Rethinking The Use Of Statistics To Prove Discriminatory Intent, Melissa Whitney

Boston College Law Review

This Note summarizes and synthesizes developments in statistical analyses of racial profiling data and the legal response to the use of such methods in civil rights cases. Researchers have developed new strategies specifically designed to measure statistical associations between a driver's race and the frequency of vehicle stops and searches. Courts' responses to the use of the statistical evidence derived from these methods are varied. This Note argues that modern developments in data collection and statistical methodology to detect racial profiling support a legal rule that strong statistical associations in well-developed studies should constituteprima facie evidence sufficient to prove ...


Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation From The October 2006 Term, Martin Schwartz Jan 2008

Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation From The October 2006 Term, Martin Schwartz

Touro Law Review

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