Category Archive: Civil Rights

Most convictions are correct, and it is only a small fraction of criminal convictions that are wrongfully made due to police misconduct. But wrongful convictions are unacceptable and should not be tolerated because they place innocent people behind bars.

Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

| Civil Rights
When men and women go to their jobs day in and day out they expect fair treatment and a decent pay and to be treated like the hardworking individuals they are. When people are discriminated against solely because of their sex, then that person has become a victim of sexual discrimination in the workplace. For…Read the article
Tennessee Pays Former Inmate $1M

Tennessee Pays Former Inmate $1M

| Civil Rights
61-year-old Lawrence McKinney initially received just $75 when his 1978 conviction was finally overturned in 2009. Upon reconsideration, a reluctant Tennessee Board of Claims approved the maximum $1 million payment. When he was just 22 years old, Mr. McKinney received a 115-year sentence for his alleged role in the brutal double rape of a Memphis…Read the article
Understanding the Basics of DACA

Understanding the Basics of DACA

| Civil Rights
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a piece of legislature in the United States that makes provisions for a number of individuals who entered the country as minors, and who were in good standing, to seek deferment and protection from deportation of illegals. The aim of DACA was to give those who were brought into the…Read the article
Louisiana Officials Free Innocent Man

Louisiana Officials Free Innocent Man

| Civil Rights
Despite having spent nearly a half-century behind bars for a violent crime that he did not commit, 65-year-old Wilbert Jones said that his faith enabled him to “forgive” everyone involved in his ordeal. In 1974, Mr. Jones was convicted of an aggravated rape he allegedly committed as a teenager and was sentenced to life without…Read the article
A Fair Judicial System? The Death Penalty

A Fair Judicial System? The Death Penalty

| Civil Rights
The following article is written by Craig Phemister, Esq., Practice Chair of the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Civil Rights Department. Update: Missouri Governor issues a stay of execution amid new DNA evidence The case of Marcellus Williams is a tragedy. His execution is scheduled for Tuesday (August 22nd) evening. It shows the fault with our criminal…Read the article
A Fight To Clear Their Names

A Fight To Clear Their Names

| Civil Rights
Eric Smokes and David Warren spent years behind bars after being convicted of murdering and robbing a 71-year old French tourist in the late 1980’s. Today, with Napoli Shkolnik Civil Rights attorney Craig Phemister on their side, the duo are looking to vacate the guilty verdicts against them. When the murder occurred, both men were teenagers, Smokes…Read the article
Forensic Science Mistakes and Wrongful Convictions

Forensic Science Mistakes and Wrongful Convictions

| Civil Rights
Over the years, and with more advances in technology, forensic science has become a part of the criminal process, and a part of obtaining a conviction in a criminal case. Unfortunately, evidence shows that the misapplication of forensic science is the second most contributing factor to wrongful conviction, as highlighted by a recent article published…Read the article
New Evidence Discovered in 1980 Murder Case

New Evidence Discovered in 1980 Murder Case

| Civil Rights
Brooklyn native Paul Clark was arrested, found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1980 murder of a cab driver. At the time of Clark’s arrest in 1983 he was serving time for another murder — he shot dead a teen at an East Flatbush block party four months after Fraser was…Read the article
Pro Bono Civil Rights Dept: How We Can Help You

Pro Bono Civil Rights Dept: How We Can Help You

| Civil Rights
The number of people in America who have been wrongly convicted of a crime is staggering; the number of people who will lose their lives – either through unbearably lengthy prison sentences or capital punishment – as a result of these wrongful convictions is appalling. Wrongful Convictions in the U.S. The exact number of people…Read the article
Civil Rights: Actions After Wrongful Incarceration

Civil Rights: Actions After Wrongful Incarceration

| Civil Rights
Those who are wrongfully arrested, convicted, or maliciously prosecuted are victims of errors of the justice system, and often suffer egregiously as such. In fact, the Innocence Project reports that on average, those who are proven to have been wrongfully convicted through post-conviction DNA testing spend more than 14 years incarcerated. There is no doubt…Read the article
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