public defenders

Police Reform, Reducing Deaths

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, October 6, 2021.    By Charles Blow In a shocking revelation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released provisional data suggesting that between 2019 and 2020, the country had its biggest… Read More ›

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 ›

Around the Novahood

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 ›

Gideon’s Trumpet Continues to Blare

Unlike Gideon’s biblical victory over a larger army (Judges 7:16-22), neither Virginia’s nor the nation’s criminal justice system has succeeded to a clear and convincing standard of equal justice for all. Virginia’s experience with the frailties and inconsistencies of its… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

PWC ESTABLISHES PUBLIC DEFENDER Virginia’s second-most-populous jurisdiction, and the only Virginia county that is majority-people of color, Prince William County, has lacked a public defender’s office. It relied, instead on a  system of poorly compensated, court-appointed counsel to represent low-income defendants…. Read More ›

Brief Cases

Brief Cases is published occasionally to update information on previously published articles and/or to add comment upon them. Sometimes the content will be new, particularly as the material is deemed to be of note. CUCCINELLI APPOINTMENT TO TOP IMMIGRATION JOB… Read More ›