Justice Bernette Johnson will become Louisiana’s first black Supreme Court Chief Justice after Governor Bobby Jindal’s attempt to block her seating is denied in federal court.
*There’s nothing worse than disguised racism that employees have a hard time proving exists.
Sometimes, the more they try to prove their case, the more suspicious they look. Just like in sexual harrassment or rape cases, the victim becomes the accused.
But in the state of Louisiana, fortunately past cases of discrimination in government can be proven and used to help Bernette Johnson in her quest to rise to the Supreme Court Chief Justice position for her state.
But Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, is trying to block her ascension due to a technicality that really doesn’t support his case.
The state constitution states that the next supreme court judge with the most seniority rises to the Chief position after the sitting Chief retires….and that’s Johnson.
*Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his latest appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over his conviction in the slaying of a Philadelphia police officer.
In an order dated March 26, the state high court announced that it was affirming a lower court order in the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. The lower court had rejected Abu-Jamal’s complaint that some aspects, including forensic evidence, were unfairly handled.
Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and radio journalist, was convicted of the 1981 fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The officer had stopped a car driven by Abu-Jamal’s younger brother; Abu-Jamal was in another car at the time and ran to the scene. Gunfire was exchanged, and Faulkner died.
Abu-Jamal’s supporters have maintained that he was mistakenly convicted because he’s an African American, pointing to the era’s racial tensions and noting that police and radical activists were facing off at the time. In the ensuing three decades, supporters — particularly on college campuses and among human rights groups — have urged that the case be revisited and that Abu-Jamal be freed.
Abu-Jamal spent 30 years on death row, surviving at least two execution dates in 1995 and 1999. Last April, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed its prior decision to vacate Abu-Jamal’s death sentence on the grounds that the jury instructions and verdict form were ambiguous and confusing.
On Dec. 7, 2011, Philadelphia Dist. Atty. R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal.
He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Sharon Smiley finally wins her two year battle for unemployment from Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., after being fired for working through her lunch...after clocking out.
*This story is for all those dedicated professionals out there that have been wronged by an employer that didn’t appreciate their service.
Those of you who have been in a situation of underhanded harassment will feel this the most. It’s those subtle nuances of intimidation that happen on the job that one cannot explain or prove that are the worst form of injustice.
But Sharon Smiley merely worked through her lunch and was fired for doing so. Was someone overdoing their job as supervisor or what? (more…)
*Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death, is asking a court to appoint a publicly funded attorney to handle his appeal.
Conrad Murray filed an amended notice of appeal in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday stating that he is indigent and unable to pay for an appellate lawyer to try to overturn his involuntary manslaughter conviction, reports the AP.
The 58-year-old cardiologist intends to appeal his conviction but does not yet have an attorney who can prepare briefs and argue his case before the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that felony convicts have a constitutional right to assistance of counsel.
A jury convicted Murray last month in connection with Jackson’s June 2009 death. Murray is expected to serve roughly two years in jail.
*Kobe Bryant says he’s planning to appeal his NBA fine for hurling a gay slur during a game, calling the decision “standard protocol.”
During an interview on ESPN radio, Kobe also said, “The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say … look to me as a role model .. for them not to take what was said as a message of hate or a license to degrade … or to embarrass or tease … because that’s something I don’t wanna see have happen.”
Kobe said his message to people is, “It’s OK to be who you are.”
*The Associated Press is reporting that O.J. Simpson on Thursday asked the full Nevada Supreme Court to consider his appeal of his conviction in the Las Vegas hotel room heist.
Simpson attorney Malcolm LaVergne tells The AP he hopes the seven-member court reaches a different finding than a three-justice panel that rejected Simpson’s appeal in October. The panel also denied Simpson a rehearing in February.
LaVergne argues the jury in Simpson’s 2008 Las Vegas trial wasn’t fully screened for bias, that blacks were improperly dismissed from the jury and that kidnapping charges weren’t proved.
The 63-year-old Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in prison on kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in the confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in September 2007.