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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
On May 17, 1954, the United State Supreme Court decided a case that changed the course of American history. In Brown v. Board of Education, which was litigated by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a unanimous Court declared segregated education systems unconstitutional, marking the beginning of the end of America’s racial caste system.
On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Christina Swarns, Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Project, appeared on MSNBC's, "Up with Steve Kornacki" to discuss the death penalty, whether or not it is a deterrent, and the extent to which American views on capital punishment have shifted. In this context, Ms.
Writing in The Root, Vincent Southerland, Senior Counsel in LDF's Criminal Justice Project, urges policy makers to use the opportunity presented by the US Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama to treat children convicted of crimes fairly. In Miller, the Court recognized what we all know and understand: Age matters.