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Civil Rights and Race Relations in America and Their Impact on the Lives of African Americans
Over Two-Dozen Evangelical Christian Leaders in Texas and Nationwide Request Mercy for Duane Buck, Urge District Attorney to Not Seek Execution Date11/21/13Related Case or Issue:
(Houston, TX, Thursday, November 21, 2013) – Today, 27 Evangelical Christian leaders across Texas and the United States are calling on Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to allow a new, fair sentencing hearing for Duane Buck. Mr. Buck is an African-American man who was condemned to death after his sentencing jury was told that he was likely to be a future danger because of his race. These Evangelical Christian leaders oppose the setting of any execution date for Mr. Buck.
LDF stands in support of the Senate's action today to resolve the judicial confirmation crisis that has interfered with the essential functioning of our federal judiciary.
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel stated:
Judge Shira Scheindlin was asked by the Bloomberg administration to 'recuse herself' from a class-action suit involving NYPD stops for trespassing in city housing projects. In a prior class-action suit on an NYPD practice, Scheindlin found aspects of stop-and-frisk were unconstitutional — but was later booted off the case.
...Johanna Steinberg, senior counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said the city’s call for the judge’s recusal was “premature and unwarranted.”
Johnathan Smith op-ed in Houston Chronicle: "Past criminal history should not limit job opportunities"11/15/13
Filmmaker Charles Nuckolls' film about LDF's work over this past year premiered at our annual National Equal Justice Dinner. In particular, it highlighted our ongoing work to protect all Americans' right to vote. In the film, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King, Rep. John Lewis, and Rep. Joaquin Castro all offered testimony on behalf of LDF's efforts.