A week ago, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant, of murder in the death of Kate Steinle, which took place on July 1, 2015. The defense argued that Garcia Zarate happened upon the gun, which accidentally fired while pointed
This week marks one year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. The next day, I wrote a reflection piece for this blog, outlining the fears many of us shared and voicing hope and determination we held onto. Now, a year later, I write about
While most people are familiar with criminal forfeiture––a practice that allows the government to confiscate your property if it proves the property was used in the commission of a crime for which you were indicted––its more formidable and much more often used counterpart, civil asset forfeiture, is
Death has been knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for years. But like a homeowner dismissing away an unsolicited salesman, the Court has turned off the lights and refused to answer. Last August, Abel Daniel Hidalgo came knocking when he filed a petition for a
Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a complaint and proposed consent judgment against one of the nation’s largest owners of private student loan debt. The CFPB alleged that the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts (NCLTs) and their collection agencies had initiated lawsuits
A first-hand account of efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by Greater Boston Legal Services attorney Elizabeth McIntyre.
Guest post by Harmann Singh. Harmann is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and is interested in civil rights and criminal justice reform. He received a B.A. in Math and Economics from Columbia University.
“I think he did it because he’s Mexican, and Mexican men take
An idyllic hilltop retreat, where I spent four years of my life, has turned, it seems, into a national battleground. A controversial speaker, a campus protest, an injured professor, and conservatives and liberals alike have rushed to denounce a Middlebury College event as the latest
Guest post by Professor Carrie Leonetti.* Professor Leonetti is a professor of criminal and constitutional law at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Advocacy Project. She was the Executive Technical Editor of CR-CL in 1999-2000. This
“The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”
When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made that statement at the National Conference on New Politics in 1967, he was acknowledging the deep roots of inequality