Posts Tagged ‘Justice’

The Head Of Pardons Withheld Key Information From The Bush White House

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013


(Business Insider) The head of the Justice Department's pardons office failed to accurately convey key information to the Bush White House regarding a federal inmate's plea for early release, the department's inspector general concluded in a report released Tuesday.

In overseeing the case of Clarence Aaron, the report found that Pardon Attorney Ronald L. Rodgers engaged in "conduct that fell substantially short of the high standards expected of Department of Justice employees and the duty he owed the President of the United States."

In a measure of the seriousness of the evidence against Rodgers, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz referred his findings to the deputy attorney general for "a determination as to whether administrative action is appropriate."

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Wells Fargo to pay $175m over racist lending

Friday, July 13th, 2012


(RTE News) The bank is accused of engaging "in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009."

Customers were also steered toward riskier sub-prime loans, while their white peers received standard loan terms, the Justice Department said.

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Editorial: Why so few black jurors?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012


(Detroit Free Press Op-Ed) It's a conundrum that has bedeviled metro Detroit for decades: In a federal judicial district whose population is more than 20% African American, fewer than 1 in 10 citizens who report for jury duty in Detroit's U.S. District Courthouse are black.

Now, with a well-known black businessman on trial and his alleged partner in a massive kickback scheme, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, scheduled to square off with federal prosecutors later this summer, the prospect of all-white or mostly-white juries sitting in judgment of prominent African-American defendants has rekindled long-standing resentment and suspicion in the black community.

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Diversity lacking — but improving — among Calif. judges

Monday, April 9th, 2012


(Scripps News) In California, a state with a large ethnic population, the vast majority of judges are white men, although women and minorities have been making gains, according to a recent state report.

There were 1,677 judges in California last year, according to the sixth annual report from the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. The report, released in March, shows that of those judges, 1,212 are white, 137 are Hispanic, 96 are African-American, and 94 are Asian. The rest are other races, listed more than one race or didn't provide information.

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Judges: Bench diversity needed “now more than ever”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

(SFGate) Justice Michael Douglas is the first African American on Nevada’s Supreme Court and served a stint as chief justice, a rotating position, earlier this year. Speaking recently in San Francisco, where he went to law school, Douglas recalled the welcome he received the first time he entered a Nevada courtroom as a lawyer.

It was in 1982 when the newly hired Legal Services attorney showed up in a three-piece suit to represent a low-income client who wasn’t in court. Douglas said the judge looked down, saw a black man sitting by himself at the counsel table, and assumed that the client hadn’t been able to find a lawyer so the case would be defaulted. Only when the opposing attorney spoke up did His Honor realize that Douglas, too, was a lawyer, he said.

“I was slapped in the face. …It brought me back to reality,” Douglas, now in his seventh year on his state’s high court, told law students and attorneys at a Golden Gate University panel on “Chief Justices of Color.”

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After Alabama law, Hispanic kids being bullied

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

(CBS News) It was just another schoolyard basketball game until a group of Hispanic seventh-graders defeated a group of boys from Alabama.

The reaction was immediate, according to the Mexican mother of one of the winners, and rooted in the state's new law on illegal immigration.

"They told them, `You shouldn't be winning. You should go back to Mexico,"' said the woman, who spoke through a translator last week and didn't want her name used. She and her son are in the country illegally.

Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news, discussed in some classrooms and debated around dinner tables.

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Feds government asks appeals court to stop immigration law

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

(Gadsden Times) The federal government asked an appeals court Friday to stop Alabama officials from enforcing a strict immigration law that has already driven Hispanic students from public schools and migrant workers from towns, warning that it opens the door to discrimination against even legal residents.

The Department of Justice's filing to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said the law, considered by many to be the most stringent immigration measure in the country, could cause considerable fallout as immigrants flee to other states or their native countries.

A coalition of advocacy groups also filed a separate appeal Friday that claims the law has thrown Alabama into “chaos” and left some Hispanics too afraid to go to their jobs and reluctant to send their kids to school.

The court signaled in an order Friday that it wouldn't decide whether to halt the law until it reviews more arguments from both sides next week. The state must file a brief by Tuesday, and the government must respond by Wednesday. After that, the court could decide whether to intervene by issuing a preliminary injunction.

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