Former Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced to 92 Years in Prison

Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, a U.S. Dis­trict Judge for the East­ern Dis­trict of Louisiana, has sen­tenced a for­mer Sheriff’s Deputy to 92 years in prison for offenses com­mit­ted while still a deputy.  For­mer Jef­fer­son Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Hebert was indicted in March on 60 counts related to the 2007 dis­ap­pear­ance of Albert Bloch.  For­mer… [Read More]

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Federal Government

Pur­suant to a new exec­u­tive order, dis­crim­i­na­tion against fed­eral employ­ees based on gen­der iden­tity and trans­gen­der sta­tus con­sti­tutes sex dis­crim­i­na­tion under exist­ing Exec­u­tive Order 11246. On July 21, 2014, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed Exec­u­tive Order 13672, adding “sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion” and “gen­der iden­tity” to the list of pro­hib­ited bases of dis­crim­i­na­tion by fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­trac­tors and… [Read More]

Expanding Voir Dire

The Sixth Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides that in a crim­i­nal trial the accused shall have the right to “an impar­tial jury of the State and dis­trict wherein the crime shall have been com­mit­ted.…”  Voir dire, which means “to speak the truth,” is a pro­ce­dure that is designed to achieve an impar­tial jury.  It… [Read More]

LGBT Discrimination Persists Despite Progress

The ground being gained in the fight for mar­riage equal­ity since the Supreme Court’s deci­sion in United States v. Wind­sor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), has led many to believe that all is well in the advance­ment of LGBT rights.  Many courts across the coun­try have fol­lowed Wind­sor, which held the fed­eral Defense of Mar­riage… [Read More]

Gay Civil Rights and the New Era of Sports

The dynamic gay rights move­ment con­tin­ues gain­ing momen­tum in the world of sports.  On Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 23, Jason Collins – the first openly gay ath­lete in major Amer­i­can pro sports – played his first game for the NBA’s Brook­lyn Nets.  Ear­lier in Feb­ru­ary, 2014 NFL Draft prospect Michael Sam, the reign­ing SEC defen­sive player of… [Read More]

Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela

Much of the civil rights work we are able to do every­day is because of the courage of indi­vid­u­als like you. You inspired us at a young age to pur­sue and achieve our careers as civil rights attor­neys. We will be sure to teach our chil­dren about your legacy and immea­sur­able con­tri­bu­tions to our world.

Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

By Qusair Mohamedb­hai posted in Civil Rights on Fri­day, July 26, 2013 By Matthew Cron, Esq. Evi­dence of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion is found in all facets of the in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. For exam­ple, a crim­i­nal defen­dant is far more likely to be sen­tenced to death for killing a white person(s) than for killing a black person(s),… [Read More]

Denver Police Department Covers Up Police Brutality Against Alexander Landau

By Qusair Mohamedb­hai posted in Civil Rights on Sat­ur­day, April 6, 2013 On Feb­ru­ary 9, 2013, we pre­dicted that the Den­ver Police Depart­ment (“DPD”) would pro­claim that it was busi­ness as usual when two offi­cers bru­tally beat Alexan­der Lan­dau. Our pre­dic­tion was cor­rect! The fail­ure of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice to charge Offi­cers Ricky Nixon and… [Read More]