MLK Day and You

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. On Martin Luther King Day, let’s all think about how we can contribute to fighting injustice. Dr. King’s legacy often focuses on his efforts as peace-maker. Many forget that King’s struggles were against political and societal tyranny. He was thought of as… Read More

Federal Suit Challenges Chicago Police Use of “Stingray” Spying Devices

Attorneys for long-time National Lawyers Guild legal observer Jerry Boyle filed suit in federal court today to challenge the sweeping use of “Stingray” cell phone spying devices by Chicago Police. The suit, which aims to be certified as a class action, alleges that the stingray devices are frequently used without warrants or any official guidance,… Read More

Criminal Justice Reform Under Trump

With the passing of the presidential torch just days away, I’m mindful of the sharp contrast between President Obama’s criminal justice priorities and what we can expect from our new, incoming president. As we embark on the Trump years, we should pay attention to an important lesson from the Obama era about the disconnect between… Read More

2016’s Final Wrongful Conviction Roundup

It’s time for this year’s final wrongful conviction round-up, our quarterly examination of some of the exonerations from around the country. As always, there are moving and important stories to tell. These stories continue to remind us of the human toll of our country’s out-of-control criminal system. Jose Montaez and Armando Serrano: I am proud… Read More

The Profit Motive to Detain Immigrants

The Christmas season is often thought of as a time to spread joy, hope, and generosity. What better time to think about how our country treats immigrants, particularly asylum seekers. They come to this country seeking mercy because they are unable to return home due to the risk of death or injury as a result of their… Read More

BREAKING: Federal Jury Slams Chicago in One of the Highest Wrongful Conviction Awards in U.S. History

In one of the highest awards of its type in U.S. history, a 12-member federal jury today following a month-long trial found the City of Chicago and its current and former police officers liable for $22 million in compensatory damages and $40,000 in punitive damages. Fields spent the majority of his 18 years in prison… Read More

The Truth of the Slager Trial

Remember the bystander video, taken after Walter Scott was stopped by police for having a burnt out taillight bulb? It circulated on the news and social media, showing Mr. Scott’s feeble jog away from the police officer, and Officer Michael Slager firing eight shots at Mr. Scott’s back. At the recent criminal trial against Officer… Read More

A Personal Way to Help

As we move into the holiday season, it is a time for thinking about how to give back in a way that is impactful. This is especially true as many of us worry about the state of our communities and our country. There are, of course, wonderful national organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative (challenging injustice… Read More

Marriage Equality Under Trump

The LGBT community and its allies are wondering: was Trump just pandering to the right with his anti-LGBT talk during the campaigns or will President Trump affirmatively seek to roll back marriage equality? Only time will tell, but given Trump’s consistent history of opposing marriage equality over the past 17 years, it is important to… Read More

Finding Gratitude Where I Can, Post-Trump

Our country has a deep, gaping, abyss of a racial wound, though many white people have tried to pretend it’s not there. Remember the naïve, wishful claims being spouted after President Obama’s election, that America was a “post-racial” society and our country had transcended its racially problematic history? Many white people proudly declared racism a thing… Read More