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  • Fayette school board settles voting lawsuit with NAACP


    The Fayette County Board of Education has agreed to settle its part of an NAACP lawsuit challenging the county's voting process that the civil right group says has kept blacks from serving on the school board and county commission.

  • Maryland’s Highest Court Unanimously Upholds Right to Counsel at Initial Bail Hearings


    On January 4, 2012, Maryland’s highest court issued a unanimous ruling in Richmond v. District Court of Maryland that guarantees the right of indigent defendants to have a lawyer present at their initial bail hearing.  At this hearing which occurs shortly after an individual is arrested and detained, a District Court Commissioner determines whether there was probable cause for the arrest and, if so, whether the individual should be released pending trial and under what conditions. 

  • Holder Is Right About Carolina Voting Law


    LDF, the National Urban League and the NAACP respond to a Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing the Justice Department challenge of South Carolina's new voter ID law.

  • NYT: Robert L. Carter, an Architect of School Desegregation, Dies at 94


    Robert L. Carter, a former federal judge in New York who, as a lawyer, was a leading strategist and a persuasive voice in the legal assault on racial segregation in 20th-century America, died on Tuesday morning in Manhattan. He was 94.

    The cause was complications of a stroke, said his son John W. Carter, a justice of the New York Supreme Court in the Bronx.

  • Judge Robert L. Carter, 1917 - 2012


    Judge Robert L. CarterThe NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund mourns the passing of Judge Robert L. Carter, a true giant of the struggle for racial justice and equality. Judge Carter lived an extraordinary life. A graduate of Howard Law School, he was one of the original members of the legal team Thurgood Marshall gathered at the Legal Defense Fund in the early 1940s.