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Compromising the Public’s Trust in the Justice System

Introduction Elected prosecutors wield an enormous amount of discretion and power. They decide who to charge with a crime, and what charges to bring. The community relies on them to be fair, honest, and trustworthy in the pursuit of justice. The public’s...
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Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Racially Biased Jury Selection

On May 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its 7-1 decision in Foster v. Chatman, holding that prosecutors purposefully struck Black jurors from the jury pool in Timothy Foster’s trial based on their race. Foster, who is African-American, is on...
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The “Superpredator” Myth and the Rise of JLWOP

In 1996,  John DeIulio, then a Princeton professor, issued a dire threat:  “America is now home to thickening ranks of juvenile ‘superpredators’ — radically impulsive, brutally remorseless youngsters, including ever more pre-teenage boys, who murder,...
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South Carolina D.A. Donnie Myers Caught Engaging in Misconduct, Again

Last week, a federal judge in South Carolina reversed the death sentence of Johnny Bennett as a result of 11th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Donnie Myers’s racially-charged misconduct, and racist comments made by a juror.  Bennett, a black man, was sentenced to...
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Clark County, Nevada, “Rodeo on Batson” Continues…

As a continuation of our discussion about the Clark County District Attorney’s office and its use of racist jury selection practices from last week, the Nevada Supreme Court reversed the death sentence of Jason McCarty after finding that the Clark County DA’s office...
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Five Reminders That The Death Penalty Is Still Racist

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Wharton County Assistant DA Outs Boss for Racist Jury Selection

In a case last month, Wharton County, Texas prosecutor Nathan Wood eliminated all Black individuals from the jury pool, leaving an all-white jury in violation of the Supreme Court’s holding in Batson v. Kentucky that a prosecutor cannot strike a juror for race or...
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What “The Ferguson Effect”, Crack Babies, & Superpredators Have in Common

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Report Finds Juvenile LWOP Sentences Concentrated in a Few Counties, Disproportionately Impact Youth of Color

In September 2015, the Phillips Black Project, a non-profit public interest law practice dedicated to providing legal representation to individuals facing severe sentences, released a report titled: No Hope: Re-Examining Lifetime Sentences for Juvenile Offenders. The...
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Outlier Death Penalty Counties Defined by Racial Exclusion

Caddo Parish, LA Until last year, the Confederate flag flew outside Caddo’s courthouse. The Confederate monument remains. Caddo has a history of excluding African-Americans from jury service. A recent study found that prosecutors struck African-Americans from jury...
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