Race and the Law

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis – Race Should Never be a Factor in Sentencing

Buck v. Davis was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court today, holding that it was ineffective assistance of counsel for...

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

North Carolina’s Racial Justice Act

What can be done to stop racial discrimination in jury selection, and, in general, to make our courts equal to...

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Batson and How Prosecutors Still Exclude Non-White Jurors

Prosecutors believe that all-white juries are more likely to convict Black or Hispanic defendants, leading many to systematically remove all...

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

America’s History of Excluding Non-Whites From Juries

For centuries, African Americans and others of non-European descent in America have been struggling to secure for themselves the most...

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

Racism in the Courts – How Far Have We Come?

How far have we really come in stamping out racism in our court system?  We have certainly made progress since...

Emmett Till “Victim” Recants 62 Years Later

Emmett Till “Victim” Recants 62 Years Later

In a book set to be published next week, “The Blood of Emmett Till,” Duke University Professor Timothy B. Dyson...

Kaepernick, Advocacy, and Leadership

Kaepernick, Advocacy, and Leadership

I feel like I should have written about this when it began, and I should have been writing about it...

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Confederate Flags and Jury Service

Last week a potential juror in York County, S.C. caused a bit of buzz when she appeared for jury duty...

How far we’ve come

How far we’ve come

Reading an appellate opinion from 100ish years ago can really put things into perspective – we are fighting today to...

Michael Dunn verdict – begin with the truth, please

Michael Dunn verdict – begin with the truth, please

Last night and this morning I began to see a flood of commentary on the Michael Dunn verdict – I...