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Putting Casual Racism on Trial

Putting Casual Racism on Trial

by Aura Bogado on July 18 2013, 7:00AM

How silence on race intensified racism in the George Zimmerman trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

How Zimmerman's Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.'s Case

How Zimmerman’s Colorblind Trial Helps the Justice Dept.’s Case

by Brentin Mock on July 17 2013, 12:14PM

States don’t do well prosecuting hate crimes. The Feds are built for it.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Politics, Trayvon Martin

A Multiracial Call for Justice [Photos] Photo

A Multiracial Call for Justice [Photos]

by Erin Zipper on July 16 2013, 6:00AM

After the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, people from all walks of life have rallied to send a powerful message: Race does matter in the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Hurt, Sorrow, Anger: A First Look at Reactions to the Zimmerman Verdict

Hurt, Sorrow, Anger: A First Look at Reactions to the Zimmerman Verdict

by Julianne Hing on July 13 2013, 10:58PM

Of both second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

 Zimmerman Defense to Introduce Controversial Animation at Closing

Zimmerman Defense to Introduce Controversial Animation at Closing

by Aura Bogado on July 10 2013, 9:27AM

George Zimmerman’s defense team won’t be able to enter the animation into evidence, but is allowed to play it for the jury during closing statements.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

30K Calif. Prisoners on Hunger Strike

30K Calif. Prisoners on Hunger Strike

by Julianne Hing on July 9 2013, 12:31PM

Hundreds of inmates have been held in solitary confinement for decades.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Google Play's 'Angry Trayvon' Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

Google Play’s ‘Angry Trayvon’ Game Ignites Fury on Twitter

by Jamilah King on July 9 2013, 9:15AM

Talk about bad taste.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Tracy Martin: 'I Was Listening to my Son's Last Cries for Help'

Tracy Martin: ‘I Was Listening to my Son’s Last Cries for Help’

by Aura Bogado on July 8 2013, 5:25PM

Trayvon Martin’s father takes the witness stand in George Zimmerman’s murder trial.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

'Fruitvale Station,' a Landmark

‘Fruitvale Station,’ a Landmark

by Julianne Hing on July 8 2013, 8:48AM

A new feature film on Oscar Grant’s killing takes its name from a landmark in a community that’s lived through, and fought back against, too much police violence.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

Federal Judge Needs Evidence Louisiana Prison Gets Extra Hot in July

by Brentin Mock on July 3 2013, 3:26PM

Judge denies preliminary injunction that would protect death row inmates from extreme heat. Says he needs more evidence

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

Social Media Shows Love for Rachel Jeantel

by Jamilah King on June 28 2013, 11:00AM

#LoveForRachel was trending on Twitter this week.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Meet Zimmerman Murder Trial Juror B-37 (AKA, The Parrot Lady)

Meet Zimmerman Murder Trial Juror B-37 (AKA, The Parrot Lady)

by Aura Bogado on June 20 2013, 3:55PM

One of the Zimmerman jurors was too busy taking care of her exotic animals to pay attention to the death of Trayvon Martin.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Mistrial Declared for Police Officer Who Killed Aiyana Jones

Mistrial Declared for Police Officer Who Killed Aiyana Jones

by Julianne Hing on June 19 2013, 11:14AM

The 7-year-old was shot and killed during a police raid on her grandmother’s home.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Zimmerman Pretrial Reaches Benchmark, Moves to New Phase

Zimmerman Pretrial Reaches Benchmark, Moves to New Phase

by Aura Bogado on June 18 2013, 5:22PM

Attorneys in George Zimmerman’s trial find forty jurors whose opinions about Trayvon Martin’s death have not been tainted by the media.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

Defense Contractor Sponsors Sesame Street Incarceration Series

by Jamilah King on June 14 2013, 11:50AM

Yikes.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

Watch Sesame Street Teach Kids About Incarceration

by Jamilah King on June 13 2013, 11:06AM

It’s never easy to talk about an incarcerated loved one in public, and it’s an especially difficult task for children.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Schools & Youth

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

Death Row Inmates Sue Louisiana Facility for Cruel and Unusual Heat Conditions

by Brentin Mock on June 11 2013, 4:03PM

Death row inmates spend 23 hours a day in cells so hot the cinder block walls burn when touched.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW

Judge: George Zimmerman May Not Be Called a

Judge: George Zimmerman May Not Be Called a “Vigilante” During Juror Questioning

by Julianne Hing on June 10 2013, 5:11PM

On day one in the trial over Trayvon Martin’s murder, Judge Debra Nelson barred the prosecution from using a series of words in its juror questioning.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

What's Really on Trial in George Zimmerman's Case?

What’s Really on Trial in George Zimmerman’s Case?

by Eric Mann on June 10 2013, 7:00AM

It’s not Trayvon Martin. And it’s not only Zimmerman. It’s a system that sanctioned the killing of an unarmed black man.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Movement, Trayvon Martin

North Carolina Repeals Its Racial Justice Act

North Carolina Repeals Its Racial Justice Act

by Julianne Hing on June 6 2013, 4:52PM

The unique law allowed death-row inmates to challenge their sentences if they showed that racial bias played a role in their sentencing.

Topics: Criminal Justice, /NOW