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Man indicted for lying in gym mat death case

(CNN) —A Lowndes County, Georgia, grand jury has indicted a man on a felony charge of making a false statement to investigators in connection with the 2013 death of Kendrick Johnson. According to incident reports released to CNN after an … Continue reading

The Questions Loretta Lynch Needs to Answer

When attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a two-day confirmation hearing this Wednesday and Thursday, there are many questions she must answer in detail — not just about her conduct as the U.S. Attorney … Continue reading

Gray gives legal perspective of Selma-to-Montgomery march

Back in December, Fred Gray had the opportunity to attend a screening of ‘Selma.’ Gray, an attorney who represented Rosa Parks during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and later Martin Luther King, Jr., was portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor … Continue reading

One Man’s Trial Shows the Long Reach of Ferguson, Staten Island, and Bed-Stuy

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Late on a September night in 2011, a 30-year-old black man named Jerry Benoit was crossing Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, when he was approached by a plainclothes policeman who saw him tugging at his waistband — a sign, … Continue reading

Supreme Court Could Limit Discrimination Claims in Fair Housing Case

In the days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Congress moved quickly to pass a civil rights law that prohibits housing discrimination, the Fair Housing Act of 1968. On Wednesday, days after the commemoration of King’s birthday, the … Continue reading

History Making Appointment

On June 3, 1813, a standing committee on the Judiciary was established by the House of Representatives to consider legislation relating to judicial proceedings. In 1813, U.S. Representative Charles Ingersoll became the first Chairman of the full Judiciary Committee. From … Continue reading

Sunday Interview with Stacey Jackson: ‘I advocate hard for my clients. I give 110 percent.’

Columbus attorney Stacey Jackson had a good year in the courtroom and a bad year at the polls. In September, Jackson’s client Kareem Lane was acquitted of the 1992 murder of Jim Burns, then the superintendent of Muscogee County schools. … Continue reading

President’s nominees face do-or-die moment as Congress sets to adjourn

Anxiety is mounting among advocacy groups over the fates of dozens of executive and judicial branch nominees who remain in Senate limbo as the 113th Congress gets ready to close up shop. With Republicans poised to take control of the … Continue reading

Rev. Edward Pinkney is latest African-American Green leader targeted for political prosecution

Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan is a long-time community organizer who has led resistance in this predominantly African-American community to a government subservient to the Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool corporation. Benton Harbor is among the Michigan cities, including Detroit, … Continue reading

Family of man killed in BB gun case sues police and Walmart

The family of a man who picked up a BB gun for sale at an Ohio Walmart and was shot dead by police has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming that the corporation and police are responsible for his death. John … Continue reading