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Spiritual Leaders of Diverse Faiths Call for New, Fair Sentencing Hearing in Duane Buck Death Penalty Case3/11/13
On March 7, 2013, Rev. William A. "Bill" Lawson, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza, and Rabbi Emeritus Samuel Karff eloquently explained how and why their commitments to faith and justice motivated them to speak out and publicly ask the Harris County District Attorney to ensure that Duane Buck -- who was sentenced to death in 1997 after a prosecutor elicited testimony indicating that he posed a future danger because he was Black — receives a new, fair sentencing hearing.
LDF Special Counsel on The Cycle: "We should be trying to figure out how we can bring more people into the democracy," not trying to shut them out3/10/13
On March 8, LDF Special Counsel, Debo Adegbile, talked with The Cycle hosts on MSNBC about Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, the current challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. According to Mr. Adegbile, Section 5, the heart of the Voting Rights Act, helps ensure a more inclusive democracy. With Mr. Adegbile defending the constitutionality of Section 5 on behalf of six African-American voters, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case on February 27.
Ryan Haygood, Director of LDF's Political Participation Group, discusses, on the Rachael Maddow Show, why it is imperative that the U. S. Supreme Court uphold the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
A recent editorial spotlights how being too poor to hire a lawyer in a criminal felony case should not be a barrier to counsel; one must be provided freely by the jurisdiction as the Supreme Court ruled 50 years ago in Gideon v. Wainwright. However, jurisdistions have found ways to shirk this responsibility to the detriment of those who have no other recourse.
LDF Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill was named by the American Constitution Society of as one 13 Top Women of Color to Watch in 2013.