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Debbie Hines
Debbie Hines is a Washington, DC based trial attorney, former Baltimore prosecutor, member of the Supreme Court bar, legal and political analyst and speaker on criminal justice, high profile criminal cases, gun laws, death penalty and hot button legal/political issues on race and gender. As a former felony prosecutor, she tried homicides, attempted murders, rapes, burglaries, robberies, narcotics and economic crimes. Presently, she maintains a boutique law practice focused on civil and criminal litigation.

In 2009, Debbie launched, a progressive blog, on law, politics, race and gender. As a social media expert, she frequently addresses issues online on criminal law, criminal justice, voting laws, politics and issues affecting women and minorities.

Debbie frequently appears in the media as a legal/poltical analyst and guest host on Al Jazeera America, BET News, C-Span, MSNBC, CCTV, PBS News, Sky News, Fox 5 DC and TV One among others. Hines is also contributor to the Women’s Media Center.

Hines’ opinion written works have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Afro American.

She earned a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Baltimore, MD.

Entries by Debbie Hines

5 Progressive Choices for Vice President

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 10:33 AM

The Democratic Party needs a vice presidential candidate who is likeable and trustworthy, can ignite passion within the party, energize the Sanders base and minorities and out trump Donald Trump's rhetoric. There are five good progressive choices who would meet these needs. All five hold law degrees. Their backgrounds vary...

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I'm Voting for Bernie Sanders to Honor my Mother

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 10:43 AM

My mother lived in the small town of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina during the Jim Crow era. Statistics show that in order for Bernie Sanders to win or close the gap with Hillary Clinton in the upcoming southern primaries and beyond, he must appeal to African American women,...

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Hope and Change Still Reign in 2016 Election

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 9:29 AM

President Obama won the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination and the Presidency on his message of hope and change. He did not win as the most experienced candidate, as a one-term Illinois Senator. He did not win on his then youthful looks. And he certainly did not win the Democratic primary...

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Prosecution of Baltimore's Police Officer Trial on Life Support

(35) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 4:47 PM

The hung jury in December of William Porter's trial raises critical issues for the prosecution in trying the van driver, Caesar Goodson, for the death of Freddie Gray. Goodson's trial scheduled to start on January 11, was postponed on the same day by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals pending...

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Baltimore Freddie Gray Case Needs Justice and Peace

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:44 PM

On September 2, all eyes will once again be on my hometown of Baltimore as the case of six police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray goes to court for pre-trial motions. The outcome of the hearings will likely determine the trial location, type of trial and whether...

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A Violent Tale of Two Cities

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:11 PM

I lived in West Baltimore until age 7 in the same block on North Ave where unrest and rioting occurred after Freddie Gray was fatally wounded in a police van. During my time there, my parents warned me to stay away from the front windows for fear of stray bullets....

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Why No Justice for Jonathan Ferrell

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 11:29 AM

I was sad to hear a mistrial declared in the case of Jonathan Ferrell whom Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer Randall Kerrick shot 10 times as Ferrell sought help following a car accident in 2013. The jury deadlocked after 4 days of deliberations. And as a former prosecutor, I feel anger at the...

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Renisha McBride: Black Women's Lives Matter

(19) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 10:53 AM

Renisha McBride should be alive today. As an African American woman, McBride's death deeply affected me. Nineteen-year-old McBride was shot and killed while seeking help on the porch of Theodore Wafer, a 55 year old white man, in a Detroit suburb, following her car accident in the pre-dawn morning hours...

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The Scoop on D.C.'s First Election for Attorney General

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:51 PM

While 43 states elect their Attorney General, the District of Columbia will hold its first election for its Attorney General on November 4. Having written a letter commentary to the Washington Post editorial board on October 21, 2010 on why the DC Attorney General should be elected, I am elated...

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NFL Teams Need to Lead Against Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 9:31 AM

As we start Domestic Violence Month, now is a good time for any one of the NFL teams to step up its game against domestic violence. There is no need for the 32 NFL teams to wait for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his self-imposed deadline...

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Why Renisha McBride's Case Makes Me Wanna Holla

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 4:06 PM

As a former prosecutor, I'd like to think that justice will prevail for Renisha McBride who was seeking help following a car accident when she was shot and killed. As a woman of color, I have my lingering doubts. The trial began for the man accused of murdering Renisha McBride,...

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Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

(3) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:25 PM

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, the new District of Columbia marijuana laws went into effect after independent studies by the civil rights lawyers in 2009 through 2011 revealed that the former possession of marijuana laws had a disparaging effect on the number of blacks arrested and...

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What California Politics Can Teach Washington

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:07 PM

As Washington, D.C. politicians have often become known for gridlock and as grumpy old men who do nothing, a new trend in California politics is emerging with many dynamic and highly qualified women running for political office. From all ages, races, ethnicities and walks of life, women are emerging to...

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Why Women Are Paid Less Money Than Men in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:14 PM

Nearly all women in almost every line of work are paid less than a man including women who have attended universities and colleges, attained advanced degrees and acquired excellent job experience, according to recent research analyzed by the Association of American University Women ("AAUW"). And in some cases,...

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DC Political Scandal Moves to DC Mayor and Beyond the Beltway

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 11:54 AM

As the District of Columbia's primary mayoral race heats up with 3 weeks to go before the April 1 election, the U.S. Attorney's office is heating up its potential corruption case against incumbent DC Mayor Vincent Gray. And the case is becoming far reaching beyond DC and Mayor Gray to...

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Blurred Lines and the Right to Privacy

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Click here for the NPR TED Radio Hour segment on privacy and the TEDTalks that inspired this post.

We face a growing assault on our right to privacy online with presumed innocent sharing to friends and family but in reality with some government surveillance and intrusion...

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All the Focus on Edward Snowden Is Misplaced

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 3:27 PM

All of the focus on Edward Snowden and clemency, pardon, whistle blower status or jail misses the real point. Namely, the NSA is conducting what amounts to illegal surveillance on collection of telephone data of persons not to mention surveillance on everyone in the world, including everyday people, world leaders...

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From 50th Anniversary March on Washington to Syria

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 2:58 PM

On Saturday, August 31, just three days after President Obama spoke at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's dream speech, President Obama spoke to lay out the case for targeted military strikes on Syria. As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington called for...

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Trayvon Martins Are Everywhere

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:05 PM

African Americans who are perceived to look suspicious and be "up to no good," like George Zimmerman accused Trayvon Martin, come in all forms from Oscar Award winning 51-year-old actor, Forest Whitaker, who was detained, frisked and wrongfully accused of stealing from a New York City gourmet deli...

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The Washington Post Owes Apology to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:03 PM

On May 27, 2013, The Washington Post's The Fix ran an article titled A White House Counsel Known for Her Shoes about Kathryn Ruemmler. The article states, "It may say more about Washington than White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that she's known in the West Wing for...

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