Tag Archives: criminal justice

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”

Tweet Today, closing arguments by the prosecution for the Zimmerman trial have begun. And I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not optimistic about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve watched the proceedings at a comfortable distance for the past two weeks and followed some smart observations from Mychal, Jelani Cobb, and [...]
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Video: Watch the trailer for “Gideon’s Army”

TweetMarch 18th or this year marked the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decision that insisted all defendants have the right to representation by an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay. Half a century later, we’re still far from fulfilling Gideon’s promise. The failure of our criminal justice system is impossible [...]
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Justice for Jewu, at a price

TweetOver the weekend, New Haven activist group People Against Police Brutality threw a party at the local People’s Arts Collective. Although surrounded by friends and supporters, the organizers weren’t celebrating: they needed money. Long-time community activist Jewu Richardson’s trial starts March 25. After years of harassment by the New Haven Police Department, which tried to [...]
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The radical potential and great disappointment of school sexual misconduct boards

TweetIn a development that surprised exactly no one who has been following the recent stories of mishandled sexual violence reports at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has agreed to investigate the school’s policies and practices. The investigation is prompted by a complaint filed in [...]
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George Zimmerman allegedly molested woman for 10 years

TweetGeorge Zimmerman is facing more disturbing allegations.  The alleged shooter in the Trayvon Martin killing has now been accused of molesting his female relative for a period of 10 years. The woman identified in court documents as “Witness 9″ claims Zimmerman, who is two years older, began to molest her – in front of other [...]
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