Race and the Law

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...

Hate Crimes are OK in South Carolina

Hate Crimes are OK in South Carolina

I feel that this is a time when silence is equivalent to complicity. People who care keep asking, “what can...

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Psychological testing is already required for South Carolina’s police departments that are state or nationally accredited, but a new requirement...

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

It honestly doesn’t feel like a happy 4th of July. It sometimes feels like our nation is sliding into chaos,...

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

Philando Castile’s Killer Acquitted

“We seriously live in a world where texting a white man to death is a crime but shooting a black...

But for Video . . .

But for Video . . .

The good old days when a police officer could execute a person, provide a reasonable explanation, and walk away with...

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Racial Bias in the Jury Room – Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court, in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, announced “a constitutional rule that racial bias in the justice...

How Does Our Criminal Justice System Discriminate Today?

How Does Our Criminal Justice System Discriminate Today?

Racism is built into our criminal justice system.  It is systemic and present at all stages, including who is targeted...

History of Racism in America’s Courts

History of Racism in America’s Courts

The American court system was not designed to benefit any class or race of persons other than wealthy white citizens. ...