"...Subtle bias is something that exists in the legal system, and what makes it worse than blatant bias is that you can never be sure if the legal system is operating objectively.
If there is blatant discrimination, it can be identified and called out. But what is more insidious is bias that might be bias, but cannot be proven as bias.
As a lawyer with a number of years of experience, I have learned that some lawyers are extremely duplicitous. They say one thing in private amongst other lawyers, when their true
selves come out, but then in public portray a politically correct persona. Because this duplicity
is common, a person can never know 100% if their case or their client’s case is being treated in an independent and objective manner.
The other problem is that lawyers are generally of high intelligence. You cannot pass law
school and the articling process without being intelligent. Therefore, lawyers or judges that
might hold biases are smart enough not to blatantly express those biases. As a result, the
biases remain mostly hidden..."