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.

Marie Napoli on the MeToo Movement Against Sexual Harassment

Marie Napoli on the MeToo Movement Against Sexual Harassment

| Civil Rights
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as follows:  “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating,…Read the article
What is the Difference Between Probation and Parole?

What is the Difference Between Probation and Parole?

| Civil Rights
When an individual gets into legal trouble and breaks the law there are a number of consequences they can face, depending on the type and severity of their infractions. Two common yet often confused sentences a judge can pass down are probation and parole. There is a major procedural difference between probation and parole. Probation…Read the article
Racial Bias and Its Effects on Our World Today

Racial Bias and Its Effects on Our World Today

| Civil Rights
“Racial biases are a form of implicit bias, which refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect an individual’s understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass unfavorable assessments, are often activated involuntarily and without the awareness or intentional control of the individual. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from…Read the article
Benefits of a Lawyer for Civil Justice Cases After a Crime

Benefits of a Lawyer for Civil Justice Cases After a Crime

| Civil Rights
“Regardless of the outcome of the criminal prosecution, or even if there was no prosecution, crime victims can file civil lawsuits against offenders and other responsible parties. Unlike the criminal justice process, the civil justice system does not attempt to determine an offender’s guilt or innocence. Offenders are also not put in prison. Rather, civil…Read the article
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
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