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  • USA Today: FDA weighs ban on Newports, other menthol cigarettes

    3/15/11

    Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes, fueling a debate about how such a move would impact African Americans. The FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has been reviewing the health effects of menthol cigarettes for the past year and is due to submit its final report and recommendations to the agency any day. The FDA usually, but not always, goes along with its advisory panels. However, Lorillard, maker of Newports, and R.J. Reynolds, maker of Kools, filed a lawsuit Feb. 25 to block the committee's recommendations.

  • Irving, Griffis appointed to Court of Appeals

    3/10/11

    Judge Tyree Irving of Madison and Judge T. Kenneth Griffis of Ridgeland have been appointed as presiding judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
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    Irving said, "I look forward to continuing the service I have provided as a judge to the citizens of the state since January 1999. I feel honored to have an opportunity to be a part of the best justice system in the world, designed to insure fair and impartial justice for all people, no matter their economic, racial or religious status."

  • Clout Street: Quinn signs death penalty ban, commutes 15 death row sentences to life

    3/09/11

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a historic ban on the death penalty in Illinois and commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without parole.

    Quinn signed the legislation in his Capitol office surrounded by longtime opponents of capital punishment in a state where flaws in the process led to the exoneration of numerous people sentenced to death.

  • Jeffries Calls Stop-and-Frisk Settlement a "Step Forward"

    3/08/11

    Last July, Governor Paterson signed into law a bill that did away with the NYPD's stop-and-frisk database.

    The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Eric Adams, made it illegal for police officers to add the names and addresses of every person they stop, question and frisk to an electronic database used in criminal investigations.

    Nearly 90 percent of the people in that database are innocent of any crime, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

  • Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida Board Of Executive Clemency Not To Further Restrict Voting Rights

    3/07/11

    Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida Board Of Executive Clemency Not To Further Restrict Voting Rights
    Move Would Harm Voting Fairness In A State With History Of Serious Election Problems

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 7, 2011

    CONTACT:
    Mel Gagarin, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; (212) 965-2783; mgagarin@naacpldf.org