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You’re on Your Own: DOJ Done Providing Guidance Clarifying Federal Law

By Todd A. Cox, LDF Policy Director On Friday, November 17th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo prohibiting the Department of Justice (DOJ) from issuing guidance documents that “have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law.” The memo added that in the past, DOJ and other agencies have failed to make the distinction between guidance intended to

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No End in (Over)Sight: Civil Rights Questions for Sessions

by Kyle Barry, LDF Policy Counsel Following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) called on Congress to exercise its oversight authority over the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure the agency was doing everything in its power to prosecute hate and domestic terrorism crimes, and to enforce civil rights laws. After legislators

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Trump Threatens Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law with “Not Qualified” Nominees

by Kyle Barry, LDF Policy Counsel All year, we’ve explained how President Trump is reshaping the federal courts to enable his own discriminatory policy agenda. Frustrated by repeated losses in court on issues ranging from immigration to abortion to voting rights, Trump has selected a bevy of judicial nominees precisely for their long and in some cases incendiary records opposing civil rights. Their records show how

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The Truth About Trust and Police

By Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Thurgood Marshall Institute Senior Fellow What would you do if you innocently witnessed an act of violence, but feared the police might hurt you when they arrived? Would you call them? Would you run when they showed up? Or would you worry that both were dangerous, and fill with anxiety as you chose between two impossible

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The Senate’s Big Week on Judges: What You Need to Know

by Kyle Barry, LDF Policy Counsel President Trump’s judicial nominees are front and center in the Senate this week, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican majority — unable to advance their conservative agenda with legislation — move to reshape the judiciary with far-right and highly partisan judges. The Senate is scheduled to confirm five judges this week, including four to the circuit courts

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White Supremacy Has No Place on the Federal Bench

By Leslie Proll, Former Policy Director, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) Jesse Helms’ ghost looms large in President Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr to the Eastern District of North Carolina. Helms, a staunch segregationist who served as North Carolina’s Senator for three decades until retiring in 2003, was notorious for his unabashed racism in political campaigns and lawmaking.

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The Wrong Choice for Civil Rights

President Trump’s Nominee To Lead the Division Embodies the Extreme Anti-Civil Rights Agenda By Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s President and Director-Counsel Sixty years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the Civil Rights Division within the U.S. Department of Justice. Tasked with promoting fair and equal justice for all Americans, the Civil Rights Division became one of the most important offices

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Four Supreme Court Cases to Watch in the 2017–2018 Term

The Supreme Court begins its 2017/2018 term on October 2. This is the first full term with the Supreme Court back at its full strength following the controversial confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. In October, the Court will hear twelve (12) sets of oral arguments on blockbuster issues including: religious objections to providing services for same-sex weddings; the Constitutional limits of extreme

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