False Light Image of Trump Supporters Created by Media

November 10, 2016

The media has the power to basically control how we see each other. The media has created an image of Black people living in inner cities. Is it the same image Donald Trump used when making his pitch for the Black vote – probably. It is an image that many…

2016 is the Fiftieth Anniversary of Miranda Decision

October 19, 2016

This past June was the fiftieth anniversary of  Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) which required that during custodial interrogations an accused must be advised of his Fifth Amendment right against self-imcrimination, and his Sixth Amendment right to counsel. In Miranda a young woman was returning home from work…

North Carolina Legislation Intentionally Violate Voting Rights of African Americans

August 5, 2016

  After North Carolina’s Republican controlled legislature rewrote the state’s voting laws in 2013 the North Carolina NAACP filed an action against the Gov. of the State of North Carolina and several state officials alleging that new elections laws violated the Voting Rights Act and the 13th, 14th, 15th, and…

Fair Housing Act Standards Assist Ex-Offenders to Obtain Decent Housing

April 24, 2016

  On April 4, 2016 General Counsel of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development – HUD – offered guidance on how Fair Housing Act  Standards can be used to review how a housing providers can use a prior criminal persons record when making housing decisions. The Fair Housing Act…

Why Do People Agree To Be Searched By The Police?

February 22, 2016

The so called consent search requires neither warrant nor probable cause, and is used by the police more frequently than any other reason to justify a violation of 4th Amendment protections. A consent search is just what it sound like, a person stopped by the police gives the police consent…

Hostile Work Environment

February 19, 2016

Over the past few months I have received a number of calls from potential clients complaining about what they believe to be a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment exists where there is unwelcome behavior on the basis of a protected category that is sufficiently severe and pervasive as…

The Trial of the Cuban Five

October 2, 2015

By now the history of this case should be well known. Ruben Campa, Rene Gonzalez. Gerardo Hernandez, Luis Medina, Antonio Guerrero, and Rolando Gonzalez-Diaz, the Cuban Five, were arrested in September of 1998 and charged with espionage. They were accused of transmitting information to Cuba concerning United States military installations and…

Wall Street, Main Street, & Black America; Fed Employment Priorities.

March 8, 2015

How Fed Money Policy Prioritizes Bank Over Full Employment A report by the Center for Popular Democracy focuses on that segment of the nation that has not recovered from the great recession, Black America. The report examines an uneven economic recovery and the role the Fed has played. For Wall…