Justice System

‘Enraging and Inexcusable’: Louisiana Supreme Court Rules Black Man Convicted of Garden Tool Theft 20 Years Ago Should Die in Prison

A 62-year-old Black man is expected to spend the rest of his life in Louisiana’s largest maximum-security prison after the state Supreme Court denied his request to overturn his life sentence 23 years after he was convicted for attempting to steal a pair of hedge clippers. Five of the court’s six justices ruled last week …

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Markey Bill, Backed by Sanders and Warren, Moves to Abolish Qualified Immunity for Cops ‘Once-and-for-All’

In the wake of the recent killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky—which sparked a national uprising against racial injustice and police violence—Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday introduced a new bill in the U.S. Senate that would end “qualified immunity” for law enforcement …

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Progressive Group Denounces Roberts’ Refusal to Investigate Federal Judge’s Retirement

In what the advocacy group Demand Justice called a “Friday news dump,” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said he would not direct a federal court to conduct an ethics inquiry into the retirement of Judge Thomas Griffith from the second-highest court in the country. Demand Justice had called for the investigation into Griffith’s decision …

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‘Dangerous and Irresponsible’: 40 Rights Groups Demand McConnell Stop Ramming Through Lifetime Judges During Covid-19 Crisis

As the U.S. Senate reconvened Monday with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell planning to prioritize confirming right-wing judges to lifetime appointments, 40 civil rights groups demanded lawmakers halt the practice and instead get to work passing legislation to help frontline workers and  American families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The organizations sent a letter to McConnell …

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