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Bidish Sarma

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Californians' Votes on Proposition 34 Count for Much More than the Future of California's Death Penalty

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:23 PM

A poll published recently shows that 42 percent of likely voters in California favor Proposition 34, which would replace the death penalty in California with life-without-parole. Roughly the same percentage supports the death penalty. Thirteen percent are undecided.

If those 13 percent have heard any...

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The Confederate Flag, the Caddo Parish Courthouse & Equal Justice for All

(16) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 10:29 AM

In Shreveport, the Third National flag of the Confederacy flies directly in front of the district courthouse. The flag is symbolic of the widespread disenfranchisement of African-American jurors, and the second-class justice afforded African-American defendants throughout the deep South. Worse still, the flag discourages African-American involvement in the justice system...

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When Will Race No Longer Matter in Jury Selection?

(14) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 3:20 PM

We are coming upon the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's opinion in Batson v. Kentucky, which reaffirmed that our Constitution does not permit prosecutors to remove prospective jurors from the jury pool because of their race. The legal question -- when, if ever, can governmental race discrimination in jury...

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