In 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white women on a train bound for Scottsboro, Alabama. At the time, rape was a capital crime inAlabama. In that state, as in the rest of the Deep South, black men charged with raping white women were sure to evoke a vicious response from the dominant, racist, white society. The so-called “Scottsboro Boys” were no exception.
In this highly charged atmosphere, the Scottsboro defendants, some of whom were in their early teens, were brought to trial before an all-white jury.Because Alabama did not provide legal assistance to indigent criminal defend-ants, they were also unrepresented by legal counsel. After separate one-day trials, all of the defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death.
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DOJ guidance for mentally impaired detainees in immigration removal proceedings should be amended to provide counsel at earlier signs of incompetence.
Paul Savoy¥ A deeply flawed eighty-six page legal memorandum revealed the rationale for the U.S. Justice Department’s March 2015 decision not to prosecute Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Article rejects the Department’s contention that prosecution was not permitted by