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Jim Crow Ate America

THE NEW JIM CROW by Michelle Alexander Book Review by Jim McCarthy             Although published 11 years ago, the content, information, and observations are not only fresh for consideration today but prophetic. The author offers… Read More ›

Subtle Perpetuators of Inequity

From inception, the nation’s criminal justice system has had an unhealthy set of roots in slavery and racism. A sample of that codex is found in the 13th Amendment, passed in 1865, which declared slavery unconstitutional but hedged with “except… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN  DUSTUPS OVER RACE AND EDUCATION INTENSIFY A group of Loudoun County parents is trying to oust six members of the school board because of an ongoing feud over “critical race theory.” The group, the Fight for Schools PAC, is… Read More ›

Suisse Cheese: Bait for Tax Cheats

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 13, 2021. Tax avoiders, complicit international banks, expensive lawyers work together.  By Katie Benner and Michael Forsythe Seven years after Credit Suisse promised federal prosecutors that it would stop helping rich Americans hide their… Read More ›

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BLACK DEFENDANT + PORTRAITS OF WHITE JUDGES = UNFAIR TRIAL First Louisa, now Fairfax. As reported by VoxFairfax on September 21, 2020 (The Shot Heard Round the Old Dominion, https://wp.me/p9wDCF-1Mf), a Louisa County circuit judge ruled on a motion by attorneys… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

Editors’ Note: This town is about 50 miles from the site of the Tennessee refrigerated morgue trucks noted in our article of 12/7/2020 [https://wp.me/p9wDCF-23E]. COMMONWEALTH’S LARGEST NURSING HOME SEES COVID OUTBREAK In Big Stone Gap, VA, the ladies inside a… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX JUDGE RULES CASH BOND UNCONSTITUTIONAL A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge has found that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Constitution’s Due Process Clause by forcing… Read More ›

Ethics and Governance

That “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” is a well-known, often spoken proverb. It means simply that an individual in the public forum must avoid attracting negative attention or scrutiny. This saw is employed as a criterion of ethical behavior or conduct above and beyond that… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›