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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
New York Times Calls for City to Settle LDF lawsuit over "Constitutionally Suspect Stop-and-Frisk Program"4/03/13
Pointing to a recent decision by U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, the New York Times published an editorial today calling for the City of New York to "ensure that police policies adhere to Fourth Amendment guarantees of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure" in public housing and not "belittle" the claims of LDF's clients.
The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia is the second most important court in the country. It has special jurisdiction for reviewing the actions of federal agencies. Additionally, under the Voting Rights Act, one of its members is required to sit on three-judge panels that decide whether to preclear voting changes by jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination.
This morning, LDF Attorney Christina Swarns discussed the death penalty case of LDF client, Duane Buck, with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! You can watch Ms. Swarns explain how racial bias and stereotype -- including the trial prosecutor's reliance on evidence suggesting that Mr. Buck's race made him more likely to be a future danger -- render Mr.
3/29/13Related Case or Issue:
New York, NY (March 29, 2013) – U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin declared yesterday that Davis v. City of New York, the lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s stops and arrests of public housing residents and their guests for trespassing in public housing residences can proceed to trial.
Today, LDF's Washington Office Director, Leslie Proll, presented on a panel at the Third Annual Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon at the National Press Club. In its third year, the Luncheon focuses on racial justice issues and is sponsored by Trice Edney Communications. The panel featured women leaders from national civil rights organizations who discussed their top priorities fifty years after the March on Washington.