For the city of Baltimore, it’s been three long years since Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody was declared a homicide by Baltimore’s state attorney, Marilyn Mosby. After an internal investigation that included reviewing of police tape, the autopsy report, and interviewing multiple witness,
On November 6th, the people of Washington state passed a substantial criminal justice reform initiative which enjoyed 60% of the statewide vote. The measure, known as Initiative 940 (or “I-940”), updated Washington’s worst-in-the-country approach to police use-of-force cases. Prior to election day, attempts to prosecute unjustified
By maintaining an outdated, segregation-era law designed by White supremacists, Louisiana remains an outlier in its application of the Sixth Amendment.
In June of 2013, Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder held Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to be unconstitutional. Section 4(b) outlined the circumstances under which a state would be subject to preclearance under Section 4(a) of the Act. As reauthorized in
Amendment A: Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution that prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime and thereby prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances?
On November 6th, 2018—153 years since the 13th Amendment is said to have abolished
The Harvard admissions trial isn’t the only place where impact litigators are working to undermine affirmative action and school desegregation policies. In February of 2018, Lawyers from the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based legal organization, descended on Hartford, Connecticut to litigate Robinson v. Wentzell, an
The ability to vote has been a crucial tenet of American democracy, and one that has unfortunately been denied to too many in our history. This draconian practice of permanently stripping individuals of their ability to access the ballot will only further ostracize those who
Holistic admissions policies like Harvard’s have repeatedly been found constitutional, and the law applies similarly here. However, the narrow legal formalism of the courtroom does not allow for meaningful adjudication or discussion of diversity and bias in admissions.
In her speech supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Susan Collins’s support turned on “[his] presumption of innocence, and fairness.” While Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick were not afforded any semblance of a fair hearing or investigation process, millions of people facing the
Last fall, CR-CL highlighted the problematic history and application of the lesser known, but more-often used, counterpart to criminal forfeiture: civil asset forfeiture. As a mechanism that generally allows police to seize any personal property they suspect to have been used in the commission of