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]

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]

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.

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]

Tenth Circuit’s Ruling in Civil Rights Police Brutality Case: “This case presents us with an unfortunate tale of poor lawyering.”

By Qusair Mohamedb­hai on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 19, 2013 The Tenth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals in the civil rights case of John F. Smith v. Robert McCord et al, 12–2041, decided Jan­u­ary 29, 2013, lam­basted the plaintiff’s attor­ney for his fail­ure to appro­pri­ately rep­re­sent his client. Mr. Smith sued offi­cers of the City of Las Cruces Police… [Read More]

Ideological Jihad,” Letter to the Denver Business Journal Editor

By Qusair Mohamedb­hai posted in Civil Rights on Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 18, 2013 Feb­ru­ary 18, 2013 Neil West­er­gaard — Edi­tor Den­ver Busi­ness Jour­nal <con­tact infor­ma­tion removed> RE: “Ide­o­log­i­cal Jihad,” Let­ter to the Den­ver Busi­ness Jour­nal Edi­tor Dear Mr. West­er­gaard: I am writ­ing in response to the arti­cle authored by reporter Ed Sealover titled “Col­orado House panel gives ini­tial… [Read More]