- Pubblicato Domenica, 30 Ottobre 2011 08: :22
Discriminatory practices outlawed in 1875 still rife across the US south, lawyers allege in new class action
The guardian UK 21 October 2011
Black people are being systematically and intentionally excluded from jury service in parts of Alabama almost 140 years after the practice was outlawed in the US, a lawsuit lodged with the federal courts alleges.
The class action has been launched on behalf of thousands of black people in Alabama who were allegedly prevented from sitting as jurors in serious criminal cases, many of which carried the death penalty, in a blatant move by prosecutors to achieve all-white or largely white juries. The complaint claims that the practice has been going on for decades.
- Pubblicato Domenica, 30 Ottobre 2011 08: :17
John Paul Stevens
New York Review of Books 10 November 2011
The Collapse of American Criminal Justice
by William J. Stuntz
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 413 pp., $35.00
- Pubblicato Martedì, 18 Ottobre 2011 08: :15
Counties that need public defenders most can least afford them
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday, October 17, 2011
A draft of a report to be released next month calls for the creation of a statewide office in Pennsylvania to oversee the representation of poor people in the criminal justice system, concluding that the current system "labors under an obsolete, purely localized system, a structure that impedes efforts to represent clients effectively."
- Pubblicato Martedì, 18 Ottobre 2011 08: :09
Liptak NYT October 17, 2011
WASHINGTON — Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. gets frustrated.
He is alert to injustice, and he is a careful legal craftsman — and sometimes those two qualities collide. About once a term, he muses about the conflict from the bench.
Two weeks ago, for instance, the Supreme Court considered the case of Cory R. Maples, a death row inmate in Alabama whose lawyers had missed a deadline to file an appeal. “Mr. Maples lost his right to appeal,” Justice Alito said, “through no fault of his own, through a series of very unusual and unfortunate circumstances.”