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Selecting the Perfect Jury Without Bias

Selecting the Perfect Jury Without Bias

by Maria Wood In general, attorneys—whether on the defense or prosecution—want to obtain a jury that is favorable to their side. The practice of jury selection, however, has come under scrutiny because of the potential for prosecutors to exclude jurors based on race....

250 Years of Seeking Reparations

250 Years of Seeking Reparations

by Jodi L. Miller The concept of the U.S. government paying reparations for wrongs it has committed is not a new one. In 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court awarded the Sioux Nation a $100 million judgment for land that the government took from them in 1877, which violated a...

What’s the Price for Righting A Wrong?

What’s the Price for Righting A Wrong?

by Phyllis Raybin Emert When a wrong has been committed, it is natural for the injured party to seek reparations to right that wrong. Compensation can be in the form of cash; however, when the perpetrator of the wrong is the government, reparations can also take the...

A Fair Fight Against Voter Suppression

A Fair Fight Against Voter Suppression

by Jodi L. Miller Changes in voting practices or requirements to vote often seem minor. But those minor changes can have a big impact and are, in fact, examples of voter suppression. For instance, one voter suppression tactic is closure of polling places. Is that a...

The Battle Over Voter Rights—and Wrongs

The Battle Over Voter Rights—and Wrongs

by Michael Barbella With the 2018 mid-term election, former felons in Florida regained their long-lost right to vote when 64 percent of Florida voters backed the passage of State Constitutional Amendment 4, which overturned a Civil War-era ban on ex-convicts voting....

Women and the Draft, A Decades-Old Debate

Women and the Draft, A Decades-Old Debate

by Toni Sutton-Deangelico History was made on December 3, 2015 when Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that all combat roles in the military would be open to women. This new inclusion allowed all women who were fit for combat to be assigned to those roles...

Still Fighting Voter Suppression in 2018 [UPDATED]

Still Fighting Voter Suppression in 2018 [UPDATED]

There is no mention of an “affirmative right to vote” in the U.S. Constitution; however, countless lives have been lost in the pursuit of obtaining the franchise. While many believe the country is stronger when everyone exercises the franchise, there are some that...