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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case
The George Zimmerman verdict has provoked passionate debate about legal justice and race in the U.S. Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Christina Swarns of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Sherrilyn Ifill discusses the Pressing of the DOJ to Pursue Federal Civil Rights against George Zimmerman7/15/13
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund appeared on Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to discuss the affects of racial profiling, the Stand your Ground Laws and the gratification that the Justice Department has decided to investigate whether or not to pursue a federal civil rights claim.
Christina Swarns, Director of LDF's Criminal Justice Practice and Interim Director of Litigation, writes in the New York Times about why the pursuit of justice requires a federal investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Recounting the history of federal intervention in cases where "innocent African-Americans were hunted, shot and killed because of their race, Ms. Swarns argues that the continued pervasiveness of racial bias in today's criminal justice system requires continued federal action.
In an op-ed for Central New Jersey's largest publication, The Times of Trenton, LDF's Director of Economic Justice ReNika Moore discusses the importance of the disparate impact provision of the Fair Housing Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing next term in Township of Mount Holly, NJ v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action
Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, tell MSNBC’s Craig Melvin why the NAACP is encouraging the Department of Justice to investigate whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.