Innocense Matters Courageous Truth Award – June 28th

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Attend Innocense Matters’ Second Annual Courageous Truth Award and learn more about one courageous leader’s determination to follow the truth in all circumstances.

Ending California’s Death Penalty to Solve More Crimes

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Jeanne Woodford: By replacing the death penalty, California will free up much-needed funds for DNA testing and other vital tools needed to tackle the shocking 46% of murder and 56% of reported rape cases that remain unsolved in our state every year, on average.

America’s Shame: Troy Davis, Hank Skinner, and a Cast of Thousands

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Andy Love: The death penalty, as legendary capital defender Steve Bright has said, is often reserved for the case with the worst lawyer not the worst crime.

Travesty of Justice Redux: Hank Skinner and the State of Texas

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Andy Love: Behind the bravado of Texas Governor Perry and unyielding position of law enforcement officials, there would be some hesitation to put yet another person to death while there remains lingering doubt as to his guilt. Apparently not in this case.

Underrepresented African Refugees and Potential Problems with DNA Testing

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Michele Waslin: New data documenting the underrepresentation of refugees from Africa in the U.S. looks at allegations of fraudulent African family reunification applications, DNA testing programs, and its implications for U.S. refugee and immigration policy.

Creeping Fascism and the American Politics of Madness

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David Love: Burning the Holy Qur’an, bombing and burning mosques, banning houses of worship on private property, widespread denial of the president’s citizenship, efforts to nullify the Fourteenth Amendment, states scrambling to enact punitive, unjust laws to target Latinos—these are the ingredients of which fascism is made.

Lady Justice

Norman Williams, center, with Mark Melahn, left, and Jesse Goodman, who worked on his case while in law school. Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life after his third-strike conviction, which was for stealing a car jack and tools from a tow truck. Through the efforts of Stanford's Criminal Defense Clinic, his sentence was reduced to 10 years. He had already served more than that so was freed. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times)

Statues of Lady Justice frequently portray her wearing a blindfold, signifying impartiality and objectivity. But careful readers of the Los Angeles Times on May 13 have good reason to believe that the Lady is peeking — at least in California — and it is entirely possible that her vision is distorted in favor of “white [...]

LA Progressive: April 19 to April 25, 2009

Revisionist History Cannnot Override Long Racial Legacy. If the LAPD is really trying to establish a “new” image, the “new” police headquarters will not have William H. Parker’s name on it. –Anthony Samad AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing. Of 4,718 untested rape kits in the City of Los Angeles, 403 were [...]

LA Rape Evidence Backlog Booms to 12,000 Cases

Untested sexual assault evidence at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department central evidence storage facility. (Patricia Williams/Human Rights Watch)

Rape victims seeking justice sometimes find nothing but a dead end in Los Angeles County. A Human Rights Watch report revealed that there is backlog of untested rape kits and that the Los Angeles Police Department, county sheriff’s office and other smaller agencies have failed to test DNA evidence in more than 12,000 sexual assault [...]

The First Black President

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by John MacMurray – For most Progressives, the idea that the Republican Party got out in front of us on a major social issue is both galling, and difficult to believe.

The Death Penalty

Robert Silver

Many and varied are the reasons to end, or at the very least, severely limit the death penalty. We argue its immorality, its discriminatory application, its violation of the cruel and unusual prohibitions in our Constitution. We argue that we are virtually the only nation borne of Western culture that still employs it; it is [...]

A Jefferson for Obama

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A hornet’s nest was stirred up recently by my public endorsement of Obama as our next president and then again with my recognition during a speech at University of Virginia of the cousins in my family who are descendants of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. (As a member of the Jefferson family at large, I [...]

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