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  • CNN: High court ruling means execution unlikely in 1981 cop-killing


    Philadelphia (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to get a new sentencing hearing for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer 30 years ago.

    The high court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to overturn the federal appeals court decision declaring the death sentence unconstitutional for Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who was convicted in 1982 of gunning down a Philadelphia police officer.

  • Remembering Derrick Bell


    Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    You would always get straight talk from professor Derrick Bell.

  • In Memoriam: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth


    Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

  • In Memoriam: Derrick Bell


    Derrick Bell

    Derrick Bell

    1930 – 2011

    We remained inspired by his ethical ambition.



  • WNYC: State’s second highest court hears arguments in prisoner redistricting case


    The New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit to overturn a law passed by the 2010 Democratic legislative majority that would count prison inmates in the communities they are from, instead of in the towns and counties where they’re incarcerated.

    The lawsuit was brought by six Senate Republicans–many of whom would be affected by the law–who are claiming, among other things, that the prisoners must be counted where the US Census counts them (in predominately upstate prisons).