Category Archives: Intent Doctrine

Judge Finds Racial Bias in Death Penalty Sentencing of North Carolina Man

Just days before the 25th anniversary of McCleskey v. Kemp, a North Carolina judge today ruled that racial bias impacted the death penalty conviction of Marcus Robinson and re-sentenced him to to life imprisonment without possibility of parole. This was the first case applying the historic and ground-breaking Racial Justice Act, enacted by the North […]
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‘Litigating Implicit Bias’ Article by Eva Paterson in Latest Issue of Poverty & Race

“Litigating Implicit Bias,” an article by EJS President Eva Paterson, appears in the latest issue of Poverty & Race, a bi-monthly newsletter by the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. PRRAC is an organization that connects advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues and promotes a research-based advocacy strategy on structural inequality […]
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Eva Paterson in Huffington Post – Protecting the 14th Amendment

The following op-ed by EJS President Eva Paterson appears in Huffington Post. Protecting the 14th Amendment By Eva Paterson Huffington Post For almost 150 years, the 14th Amendment has been the backbone of civil rights law in America. Its protection of individual rights for all — from freed slaves to immigrants to workers fighting against […]
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Commentary by EJS’ Eva Paterson and Reggie Shuford in New America Media

The following op-ed by EJS President, Eva Paterson, and Director of Law and Policy, Reggie Shuford, appeared yesterday in New America Media. A recent decision handed down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals raises this important question: Can victims of contemporary forms of discrimination and disparity find justice in our courts? The court […]
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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Voter Disenfranchisement Law, Citing Lack of ‘Intentional’ Discrimination

A recent decision by an eleven-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit underscores the importance of the Equal Justice Society’s efforts to overturn the Intent Doctrine. Earlier this year, the Equal Justice Society (EJS), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and the American Parole and Probation Association submitted an amicus […]
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