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Celebrating 75 Years of LDF
The following is a statement from LDF's President and Director-Counsel, Sherrilyn Ifill:
KUHF, an NPR affiliate radio station in Houston, Texas, reported on the federal investigation into the Bryan Independent School District's policy of citing criminal misdemeanors for normative childlike behavior.
Excerpt from the show's transcript:
When De’angelo Rollins started sixth grade here at Stephen F. Austin, he was excited. It’s a middle school in Bryan about an hour and half hour northwest of Houston.
But soon there were problems.
District prosecutors ran criminal background checks on several potential jurors in a high-profile gang case, raising serious concerns from a judge who questioned why most people they selected were African American....Vincent M. Southerland, senior counsel with the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called what prosecutors did in the case “troubling.”
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. humbly honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, and a leader in the struggle against racial oppression and apartheid. Mr. Mandela was a hero to not only blacks and whites in South Africa, but to people all around the world struggling to end oppressive systems.
In today's National Law Journal, Sherrilyn Ifill, along with Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Virginia Sloan, president of The Constitution Project, jointly pen an op-ed on the shortage of indigent defense representation.