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2017-02

February 22, 2017

“Make no mistake, that testimony injected an enduring racial stereotype into Buck’s sentencing proceedings, one that holds a unique power in this nation. As our brief to the Court examined in detail, the stereotype of the violent black male is deeply entrenched in American society, having been perpetuated for generations in political discourse, scientific conjecture, and popular entertainment – all of which have long portrayed black men as inherently dangerous and primitive. This pernicious stereotype has a demonstrable effect on perceptions and judgments. As documented by an array of social science research, the association of African Americans with violence continues to distort perceptions of reality and result in racially biased assessments. The risk of this bias is especially acute in death penalty proceedings. As Chief Justice Roberts aptly observed in his opinion today, such ‘toxins can be deadly in small doses.’

February 17, 2017

Washington, DC – Leading Members of Congress, represented by Constitutional Accountability Center, filed a “friend of the court” brief in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, asking the court to grant the relief requested by those challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the travel into the United States of persons from seven Muslim-majority countries.

February 8, 2017

Jeff Sessions was unfit to be Attorney General when President Trump nominated him, and he is just as unfit today. It is deeply unfortunate that a majority of Senators chose to ignore their colleague’s long and troubling record of working against the rights of African Americans, women and the LGBTQ community. It is, frankly, offensive, that the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its direct examination of Sessions in a single day of in-person testimony, while failing to require Sessions to account for recent bizarre behavior by the Office of Legal Counsel – which, as Attorney General, he will oversee – as well as his own role in creating President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Sessions’s legal career has revealed a tendency to rubber-stamp the wishes of a Republican chief executive, yet shows virtually no commitment to key constitutional principles or the required respect for our Constitution’s core values of liberty and equality for all in America.