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According to Our HeartsRhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family$
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Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166828

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166828.001.0001

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A Verdict against the Heart

A Verdict against the Heart

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According to Our Hearts

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Yale University Press

This chapter completes the narrative of the Rhinelander case by detailing the closing arguments of both parties. It highlights how the jury's verdict for Alice was both a racial victory and a loss for racial equality. The outcome of the trial has raised two questions: first, was Alice limited from the very beginning in the strategic choices that were available to defend herself against Leonard's claims; second, why did the jury vote in Alice's favor. Additionally, it also asks for the social and legal factors that made the jury reach its decision to vote in favour of Alice and deny Leonard his wishes be annulled.

Keywords:   closing arguments, verdict, Rhinelander case, racial equality, jury

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