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US Dismal Ranking in the World Betrays Serious Decline; Wake Up America!

David Oualaalou | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Given the current global chaos, which unfortunately our country is in the midst of, one wonders whether our badly broken tax system, political paralys...

What It's Like To Be Found Guilty Of A Murder You Didn't Commit

Reuven Fenton | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Reuven Fenton

You keep telling people you're innocent. All you get in reply is, "Yeah, we hear that a lot." At that moment, each assumed he or she would be found innocent, because a guilty verdict was just too ridiculous to fathom. It would be the stuff of horror movies. Fiction. Then the jury foreman said, "Guilty."

Jim Crow Again: Lessons for Fighting This Giant (1 Samuel 17)

Melissa Browning | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Melissa Browning

We must remember that when David was gathering those stones, the giant was still standing, still sucking in the air that those on the other side of the valley were desperately trying to breathe. We live in a time when too many giants are still standing. Poverty. Racism. Discrimination. Oppression. Inequality.

Diversity in the Legal Profession Begins With Law School

Tamesha Keel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to ensure equal, employment advancement for all and makes employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin illegal.

Vets With PTSD Should Be Exempt From Death Penalty, Legal Experts Say

The Atlantic | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

On January 12, 1998, Andrew Brannan was driving his truck at 98 miles an hour on a country road near his Dublin, Georgia, home when he was pulled over...

2015's Top 5 Civil Justice Issues

Sara Warner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.

When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.16.2015 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

Lack of values, justice and fairness between police and black Americans is the decades-long backdrop leading up to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and so many others that are part of the "Ferguson Effect" in our country.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Perry Case Complicates Boehner's Lawsuit

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans are going to be arguing one thing for Perry, and the exact opposite for Obama. This is going to become more and more obvious to all concerned.

'Affluenza' and the Miscarriage of Justice

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Do we really believe that a young teenager from an inner city or from a rural area who had a rough upbringing would receive time at a treatment facility if he/she killed four people after driving drunk? I don't think so, and neither do the majority of us.

Where Is the Future of Law Taking Us?

Joshua Slayen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Joshua Slayen

If a half-century's worth of sci-fi B-movies and Jetsons reruns have taught us anything, it's that it is impossible to accurately predict the future. Cars still don't fly, nobody teleports anywhere and there's still no such thing as a lunar colony.

What We Need & What We Do Not Need: Cliff Notes to Political, Social, and Moral Success

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We need to start at the beginning. Support our children. Educate all children. Rework the justice system. Help those who make small mistakes to atone for them and reintegrate successfully into society, rather than losing them into the system.

From Oscar To Trayvon

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Pendarvis Harshaw Watching "Fruitvale Station" in Oakland was more like watching a memory than watching a movie. When the film showed people smo...

Having Our Rights Is Not the Same As Understanding Them

Kathryne M. Young | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Kathryne M. Young

As the Supreme Court's criminal procedure jurisprudence becomes more and more like a giant game of Jenga, our public dialogue needs to shift. We can't just talk about which rights we possess; we need to talk about how effectively they can be used -- and how well they match what we think we know.

Value of Social Science Research Often Measured by What You Don't See

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is doubtful that social science researchers will ever see the types of commercial applications and profits of the innovations from space research or simulation technology. But that does not mean we do not have value.

Wrongfully Convicted Still Haunted By Their Record | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

In Wisconsin, Audrey Edmunds served 11 years in prison in the shaking death of an infant girl for whom she had been baby-sitting. In 2008, a mountain ...

The U.S. Justice System May Not Be Equal For All

VOXXI | Griselda Nevarez | Posted 03.21.2013 | Latino Voices

The United States’ justice system is supposed to operate equally for all defendants, but a new report reveals that the immigration system operates u...

A Promise Worth Keeping: Restoring Fairness to America's Justice System

Jonathan Rapping | Posted 05.18.2013 | Crime
Jonathan Rapping

"I went to law school to make a difference. I became a public defender to ensure poor people have access to the same justice as those with money. But I find myself spending my days processing people through a system that does not give them a chance."

Obama’s Diverse Picks Remold Federal Courts | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first A...

Do Lawyers Not Have a Social Responsibility?

Saul Segan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

I, myself, have become affected by stereotypes of the members of my profession, along with the rest of humanity. Being fortunate to have become one of those members of an often misunderstood group, there has been ample opportunity to compare the actualities with the fantasies.

How to Turn Delinquent Credit Card Debt Into Debt-Collector Gold

Bill Bartmann | Posted 08.04.2012 | Money
Bill Bartmann

I speak of the debt-collector alchemists who can turn seemingly worthless defaulted credit card debt into pure gold. It's an absolutely brilliant contortion of our justice system, if you care more about profits than justice.

Shocking Number Of Wrongful Convictions In U.S. Courts Revealed

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 07.20.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the United States in the past 23 years...

What Students Are Doing for Trayvon This Easter Weekend

Vanessa Baden Kelly | Posted 06.06.2012 | Miami
Vanessa Baden Kelly

Students from across the state of Florida and the nation have gathered to trek 40 miles from Daytona to Sanford to call for justice. It is time for the justice system to show itself impartial and to allow the process to begin.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters

Dan Persons | Posted 10.25.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

In the new documentary The Interrupters, director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz follow several members of CeaseFire as they attempt to defuse conflicts before they occur.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Djo Tunda Wa Munga on Viva Riva!

Dan Persons | Posted 08.10.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Viva Riva! is the first film out of the Congo to get U.S. distribution, and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga has made it a hell of an introduction.