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Do you agree with Judge Wynn's opinion that Ruffin made his decision based on judcial choice? In your opinion, were Ruffin's hands tied as far as what the court could do like he tried to explain?

Ruffin felt that there were other avenues besides the court that could decrease slave brutality such as economics, religion, and society. Can you think of any other avenues that could decrease slave brutality?

Do you think that Ruffin's views of slavery would have changed if he was born closer to the Civil War?