August 23rd, 2013
When Judge Rosemary Barkett retires from the federal bench next month, the 11th Circuit will lose one of its most prolific dissenters. In a dissent this week, she argued that stop-and-frisk searches by police jeopardize the rights of minorities and the poor. Read more..
July 29th, 2013
WASHINGTON – Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. Here’s one: May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation? The federal appeals court in California will soon decide the issue, which turns [...]
June 6th, 2013
Even as a national consensus seems to be moving toward reducing or eliminating criminal consequences for possessing marijuana intended for personal or medical use, a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union shows what the ACLU describes as “staggering racial bias” in the number of.. Read more..
September 18th, 2011
It certainly is hard to believe, but this past week the Supreme Court ordered a halt to a prisoner’s execution based on the trial court having permitted a state witness to testify that the Defendant was more likely to re-offend because he is black. Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in… The [...]