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Between Gender Bias and Facts

One could not help but notice that Randall Dale Adams had the appearance of a hippie at the time of the incident, with his long bushy hair and moustache. When the police officer Robert Wood was murdered, the Dallas police department and DA office chose to believe David Harris’ story over Randall’s account maybe because Randall filled the persona of low-income White hippies who could be expected to engage in crimes. Randall was suspected despite the fact that he had no prior convictions while Harris had extensive criminal record. Similarly, not only stereotypes regarding men are evident in the documentary but even women are not spared including Randall’s female lawyer, Edith James. The documentary demonstrates that racial stereotypes often dominate objective facts and hurt the delivery of justice as well as fair treatment of individuals in the society.