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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Appeal Request Continued
September 6, 2018
The district attorney's office turned over a document Monday that the defense says could show State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille was personally involved in the case. The judge Thursday ordered the parties to continue searching for additional documents before he hears arguments in October. ... read more »
Stop Kavanaugh: President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Must Not Join the High Court
September 6, 2018
“It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law.” — Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 531 U.S. 98, Bush v. Gore [Dissent], December 12, 2000 ... read more »
NFL Owners’ Treatment of Colin Kaepernick Disgraces League and Country
September 6, 2018
President Trump led the outcry against the protesters, slurring any player who takes a knee as a “son of a bitch.” The league owners panicked. One result was that Kaepernick — one of the most talented quarterbacks in a league that suffers a shortage of skilled players in that position — found himself locked out of a job. ... read more »
The Constitution is a Shield for Civil and Human Rights
August 9, 2018
In a few weeks, the Senate will decide whether a D.C. Circuit Court judge named Brett Kavanaugh should be the nation’s next Supreme Court justice. And from my office window, I can already hear the battle cries. ... read more »
CBC Chairman Statement on Trump Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
July 12, 2018
"One would think that Senate Majority Leader McConnell would wait until after the election before allowing the Senate to consider this nominee as he insisted on doing two years ago when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland..." ... read more »
Republicans Laud Supreme Court Union Ruling, But CTA, SEIU Say It Will Hurt Working People
July 9, 2018
The Supreme Court struck a major blow to the power of public sector unions yesterday. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that public sector unions could not collect dues from non-union members. Before the decision, workers who did not decide to join a union were still charged “agency fees” for services such as collective bargaining. (This describes the practice of large unions negotiating wages and benefits that affect all employees, regardless of their union membership.) ... read more »
Trump Considers Pardon for Ali, Wants Athletes’ Advice
June 14, 2018
Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge's orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016. ... read more »
Rapper Meek Mill Freed After High Court Order
April 26, 2018
Following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out, the state Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail. ... read more »
Weapon of Mass Deception: Shut Down Trump’s Sham Voting Fraud Commission
May 25, 2017
Throughout his campaign, President Trump trumpeted the baseless claim that our nation's elections are riddled with voter fraud. He has repeatedly blamed his gaping three million plus-popular vote deficit on a phantom horde of illegal voters. He complained, without evidence and unfairly maligned wide swaths of communities. ... read more »
New Justice Must Bring Independence to the Supreme Court
February 9, 2017
The Supreme Court's function is to serve as a check on the power of Congress and the President ... read more »
African American Mayors Association Urges President Obama to Prioritize Clemency During the Remainder of His Term
November 23, 2016
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Mayor of Baltimore and the head of the African American Mayors Association clemency initiative, issued the following statement in light of AAMA submitting a letter to the President highlighting a priority list of clemency applications ... read more »
Supreme Court to Rule on Use of Race in Redistricting
July 6, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Republican lawmakers relied too heavily on race when they redrew North Carolina's congressional districts to give the GOP a powerful advantage in the swing state. ... read more »
Supreme Court declines appeal request from ex-Detroit mayor
June 29, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to overturn his corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence. ... read more »
Obama: GOP jeopardizing judicial integrity with Garland
April 13, 2016
In Chicago, Obama answered some questions from students, including one who asked about the diversity Garland, who is white, would add to the court ... read more »
Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Principle That Every Person Counts In Redistricting
April 7, 2016
The recent Supreme Court decision in Evenwel v. Abbott secures a major victory for voting rights and preserves a fair, stable rule for state and local governments, which may continue to rely on an inclusive “one person, one vote” standard that has long governed redistricting efforts. The decision also affirms one of the key principles—representational equality—which the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has long supported before the Supreme Court and in jurisdictions throughout the country. ... read more »
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