Race and the Law

cyntoia brown

What Can We Learn from Cyntoia Brown’s Story?

Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency by the governor of Tennessee and will be released on August 7, after serving 15...

Edward Lee Elmore

Edward Lee Elmore Passes

I am very sad to hear that Edward Lee Elmore passed away this week. I couldn’t find any news articles...

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The Blue Wall of Silence – Officers on Trial for Cover Up in Laquan McDonald Murder

Last month, officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty by a Chicago jury of murdering Laquan McDonald – second-degree murder...

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Who’s Fighting the Wildfires in California? Slave Labor…

You’ve probably heard about the devastating wildfires in California – but, did you know that the government is using prison...

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

Are Stand Your Ground Laws Racist?

Does South Carolina’s “stand your ground” law encourage racial violence? Last week, I read an op-ed that attempts to make...

Do We Need a Hate Crime Law to Protect Police Officers?

Do We Need a Hate Crime Law to Protect Police Officers?

U.S. lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow prosecutors to charge anyone accused of violence against a police officer with...

Fourth Circuit Rules Disturbing Schools Lawsuit Can Go Forward

Fourth Circuit Rules Disturbing Schools Lawsuit Can Go Forward

A federal appeals court held that students have a valid claim that South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law chills their First...

SC’s Proposed Saggy Pants Law is Blatant Institutional Racism

SC’s Proposed Saggy Pants Law is Blatant Institutional Racism

SC lawmakers have been given an extraordinary opportunity to get their priorities straight. It is doubtful that they will. In...

Institutional Racism in SC Courts

Institutional Racism in SC Courts

The effects of institutional racism start early. Nationwide, African-American children are almost 20 times more likely than white children to...

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

Lawyer Dogs and the Right to Counsel

The Lousisiana Supreme Court held this week that a suspect who asked for a “lawyer dog” did not invoke his...