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Debbie Hines
Debbie Hines is a Washington, DC based practicing trial attorney, former Maryland prosecutor, member of the Supreme Court bar and speaker on criminal law, high profile criminal cases, gun laws, death penalty cases and political-legal issues. She often addresses legal issues at the intersection of race and gender. As a former felony prosecutor, she tried homicides, attempted murders, rapes, burglaries, robberies, narcotics and economic crimes before juries with a high conviction rate. Presently, she maintains a boutique law practice focused on civil and criminal litigation.

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

Debbie frequently appears in the media as a legal commentator and analyst and guest host addressing high profile legal cases and various legal and political issues on Arise TV, BET News, C-Span, the Michael Eric Dyson radio show, the CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC Washington, DC TV affiliates, CBC-Canadian, RT America, Sky News, TV One with Roland Martin and Sirius XM radio. Hines also contributes articles to the Women’s Media Center. Her ability to succinctly explain and simplify complex legal issues comes from her vast jury trial and court room experience.

Hines’ opinion written works have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Afro American. She has been quoted online in NPR, on CNN and in syndicated newspaper articles through the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (“NNPA”).

She holds a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University School of Law and a BA in American history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a native of Baltimore, MD.

Entries by Debbie Hines

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

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 4:51 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 | 10:31 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 | 5:06 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 | 6:25 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 | 5:07 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 | 5:14 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 | 12:54 PM

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 | 12:00 PM

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 | 4:27 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 | 3:58 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 | 1:05 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 | 5:03 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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Black Women Go to Washington to Assert Political Power

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Midway through Women's History Month, black women from 10 states came to Washington, D.C., and converged on the nation's capitol to meet with Democratic and Republican representatives of Congress and to assert their political power, as part of the Black Women's Roundtable ("BWR") Summit on March 14-16. They came to...

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The Gender Pay Gap Is Bad But Worse for Women of Color

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:37 PM

A recent Time article titled "The Pay Gap Is Not as Bad as You (and Sheryl Sandberg) Think" suggests that women are either somehow at fault or to blame for earning less than a male for the same job with the same skills, citing that women make poor...

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Rep. Clyburn on Empowering Voter Rights

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 6:05 PM

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the fate of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is important now more than ever to pass new federal laws to protect the right to vote. We need to establish uniform voting standards for federal elections to...

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Black History Month 2013 Style

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 3:54 PM

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month. It started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Negro History week. In 1976, it became Black History month. And in 2013, some wonder why we still celebrate it. After all, we have Barack Obama, our first African...

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GOP War on Women and Planned Parenthood Continues in 2013

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Republicans' motto in the war against women must be, if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again to control a woman's birth control choices and defund Planned Parenthood. Last year, the GOP waged an all-out war and assault against women and Planned Parenthood. This year, the GOP...

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Mr. 47 Percent Goes to Washington to Meet With Obama

(15) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 5:31 PM

For the life of me, I can't see why President Obama met with Mitt Romney on Thursday. Even the Republican Party is distancing itself from Mitt Romney. Romney, even after losing the election, continued to say that he lost because of all the gifts that President Obama gave...

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Has Mitt Romney Become a Desperate Man?

(81) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:12 PM

Desperation causes people to act and do desperate things. A desperate man will do anything. And we're seeing that with Mitt Romney in the final days leading up to the election. Desperation is causing Mitt Romney to act, do and say desperate things. And why is Mr. Romney acting so...

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Mitt Romney's Top 10 Ways to Say "No, I Can't"

(18) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:43 AM

President Obama rode into office in 2008 on the slogan of "Yes we can." In 2012, Mitt Romney is campaigning on a slogan of "No we can't." Governor Romney criticizes President Obama for his message of hope, change and moving the country forward. Romney's replacement message is one of negativity....

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