All Rise

Many fetishize the law as a universe based entirely on logic and reason and insulated from emotion and bias (despite that human conflict is at the heart of all legal disputes). Thankfully, books like The New Jim Crow and documentaries like 13th have begun to shed light on the widespread racial injustices in our legal system, but fewer have recognized the patriarchal underpinnings upon which the law rests. In this column, Anna Dorn explores how misogyny steeps into our criminal justice system by examining a range of defendants.

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