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  • LDF Applauds Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentences for Children


    (New York, NY)  Today, the United States Supreme Court banned the imposition of mandatory life without parole sentences for children who were 17 or younger at the time of their crimes.  In Miller v.

  • Do changes to Florida voting laws unfairly burden minorities?


    MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts speaks to Debo Adegbile, Interim President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Defense Fund, about changes to Florida’s voting laws and the impact they could have on minority voters.

  • Remembering John A. Payton


    More than a thousand friends and admirers of the late John A. Payton gathered in mid April at the Washington Convention Center to celebrate his many extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice in American and abroad.  We present here the transcript of that service as well as a video tribute John's A. Payton's former colleagues at the law firm of WilmerHale produced. 



  • Purging Democracy in the Sunshine State


     What's old is new.

    Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner is boldly refusing to comply with the Department of Justice's demand that the state stop its efforts to purge voters from the registration rolls. On Wednesday, he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice claiming that the purge should go forward.

  • LDF Welcomes Confirmation of Paul Watford to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


    (Washington, DC)  The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) applauds the U.S. Senate’s vote this afternoon to confirm Paul Watford to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Ninth Circuit is the nation’s largest circuit court.  Its jurisdiction covers 62 million residents of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.