April 6, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnists Leonard M. Baynes and David L. Gregory, both of the St. John's University School of Law, discuss the anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the interplay of racial and economic justice ... This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of Title VII ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by G. Redd
North Carolina Governor Patrick McRory on Wednesday signed into law Senate Bill 306, repealing the Racial Justice Act (RJA) that allowed minority death row inmates to seek a reduced sentence. The 2009 law created an additional path to life imprisonment without parole for those sentenced to death ...[read more]
December 14, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
North Carolina Judge Gregory Weeks ruled Thursday that racial discrimination played a role in jury selection that secured the death sentences of Tilmon Golphin, Christina Walters and Quintel Augustine, commuting their sentences. Under North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA), individuals who ...[read more]
October 10, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The three-judge panel of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that South Carolina's new voter identification law does not discriminate against racial minorities, allowing it to take effect next year. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that the law violated the ...[read more]
July 4, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
The North Carolina General Assembly on Monday voted to override the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue regarding legislation that will essentially nullify the state's Racial Justice Act (RJA). Signed into law by Perdue in 2009, the RJA allows an individual sentenced to death to present evidence to ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue on Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have essentially repealed the state's Racial Justice Act. The 2009 law, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences based on statistical evidence of racism, was designed to address concerns that racial ...[read more]
May 30, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 30, 2008, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Gonzales that Section 5 of the 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is constitutional. The provision in question required states or towns with ...[read more]
March 9, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court decided four cases Monday. The Court ruled 5-4 in Bartlett v. Strickland that a racial minority group that comprises less than 50 percent of a district's population cannot succeed on a vote dilution claim. In a plurality opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy ruled that Section ...[read more]
March 7, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Friday concluded its review of US compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). The committee praised the US for reauthorizing key laws, including the Violence Against ...[read more]

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