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District prosecutors ran criminal background checks on several potential jurors in a high-profile gang case, raising serious concerns from a judge who questioned why most people they selected were African American....Vincent M. Southerland, senior counsel with the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called what prosecutors did in the case “troubling.”
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. humbly honors the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, and a leader in the struggle against racial oppression and apartheid. Mr. Mandela was a hero to not only blacks and whites in South Africa, but to people all around the world struggling to end oppressive systems.
Federal Appeals Court to Hear Oral Argument in an Appeal From a Ruling that Louisiana Violated National Voter Registration Act12/02/13Related Case or Issue:
In today's National Law Journal, Sherrilyn Ifill, along with Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights and Virginia Sloan, president of The Constitution Project, jointly pen an op-ed on the shortage of indigent defense representation.
11/25/13Related Case or Issue:
Just last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied our client's appeal and Duane Buck is now one step closer to being executed in Texas despite clear racial discrimination at his sentencing hearing. LDF started a photo campaign in which hundreds of people from all around the world have voiced their support for a new, fair sentencing hearing free from racial bias. Join our campaign and add your voice to the thousands of people calling for justice for Duane Buck!
Photo Campaign here.