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Discriminatory Jury Selection: Part One – Batson Challenges

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True Story I’ve been there, sitting at the Defense table during trial and the parties had just concluded voir dire, also known as jury selection. The ...
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How the Colorado Criminal Justice System Fails Addicts

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On September 10, 2018, Westword published a feature under the eye-catching headline: This Triple Homicide Hit Close to Home for Connie Jones. After ...
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Treating a Growing Epidemic with Mass Incarceration

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On September 10, 2018, Westword published a feature under the eye-catching headline: This Triple Homicide Hit Close to Home for Connie Jones. After ...
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Constitution's 6th Amendment Right to Counsel

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When a defendant is faced with criminal charges and he’s battling the judge, the District Attorney, and what feels like the entire criminal justice ...
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Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System

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“The prosecutor’s opening statement was flagrantly, glaring, and tremendously improper.” Those are the words the Colorado Court of Appeals used to ...
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Kyree Howard-Walker:  A Case of Mistaken Identity Part II

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In part one of this series, we discussed Kyree’s battle with the court system over the right to a fair and impartial trial by a jury of his peers. ...
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Kyree Howard-Walker: A Case of Mistaken Identity Part I

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I’ve been there before. We were sitting at the Defense table during trial, and the parties had just concluded voir dire, also known as jury ...
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How the Criminal Justice System is Failing Women

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“You can judge a nation, and how successful it will be, based on how it treats its women and its girls.” – Barack Obama Over the last four decades, ...
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The People versus Race

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“The prosecutor’s opening statement was flagrantly, glaring, and tremendously improper.” Those are the words the Colorado Court of Appeals used to ...
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Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel-Protecting Defendant Autonomy

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When a defendant is faced with criminal charges and he’s battling the judge, the District Attorney, and what feels like the entire criminal justice ...
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