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ACLU Comment on Sentencing Reform Senate Committee Vote

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WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup vote tomorrow (Thursday, February 15) on a bill to address the problem of mass incarceration at the federal level. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA S. 1917), supported by … Continue reading

Legal Services Corp. still hopes to get funding

President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 released today calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but LSC leaders remain confident of continued bipartisan Congressional support. LSC is the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid, distributing more … Continue reading

Podcast: How Jeff Sessions has affected the Justice Dept. in his 1st year

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged that “a new era in justice has begun” after being sworn in as the nation’s top prosecutor. One year later, it’s clear that Sessions has had a profound effect on the Justice Department, reports NPR. … Continue reading

Alliance for Justice criticizes Trump court nominee with ‘history of racist statements’

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Alliance for Justice today released a preliminary “Snapshot” report on the record of Ryan Bounds, whom Donald Trump has nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. AFJ President Nan Aron released the following … Continue reading

Are white district attorneys impeding progress on mass incarceration?

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Of the more than 2,400 elected district prosecutors in the US, 95% are white, according to the Reflective Democracy Campaign. That may be a considerable factor in the slow progress being made on mass incarceration, according to an article at … Continue reading

Register now for the 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit

The 2018 Trial Lawyers Summit in South Beach is just a few days away, starting on Sunday, February 4. Have you registered and finalized your plans to attend the greatest gathering of trial lawyers in the US? Don’t miss the … Continue reading

Trump judicial nominee rules against 4th amendment

Trump judicial nominee John K. Bush, serving on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, has issued a written ruling that effectively guts the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, according to Slate. In his first ruling on … Continue reading

Dallas Co., Texas sued over bail practices

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Civil Rights Corps, the Texas Fair Defense Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Texas filed a federal class action lawsuit against Dallas County, Texas, the sheriff, and the county’s judges and magistrates, for violating the constitutional … Continue reading

The Busy Lawyer’s Guide to 2018

Do you have all the resources necessary to make 2018 the best year yet? Take advantage of “A Busy Lawyer’s Guide to 2018” provided by Crisp Video Group – they’ve curated all the resources you need to drive attention, attract … Continue reading

Trump supporter says too many blacks on Mueller grand jury

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  Are there too many African-Americans on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury investigating the Trump administration for alleged ties to Russia during the presidential campaign? At least one Trump associate believes so. According to HuffPost, the unidentified supporter who … Continue reading