July 2012

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This afternoon, the wonderful Southern Center for Human Rights posted an article reporting the delay of all executions in Georgia until at least November, pending a review of the State’s revised execution protocol  As I usually do when I read any news report in this neck of the woods that deals with capital punishment, the poor, taxes, guns or politics (redundant, I know), I continued down to see what kind of hilarity, in the form of nutty comments, would ensue.  One of the commenters stated that he “supports the death penalty as a deterrent.”  My reaction?  “What about unicorns?”  (more…)

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar demonstrating the wonderful Online Tennessee Justice project. OnlineTNJustice.org is a secure web portal that offers pro bono legal assistance to qualified Tennessee residents via the internet. This innovative pro bono delivery system is now being expanded. All of the major work of software development has been done, and licensing of the system is available free to Access to Justice Commissions that want to implement it in their states. As a member of Alabama’s Access to Justice Commission, I am very excited about working to implement this program for low income people in my state, and hope that many other states will do the same. (more…)

I have previously posted here about the problem of courts in the Southeast running debtor’s prisons.  You might think that debtor’s prisons became a thing of the past, after having been abolished in the 1800s, or at least after the United State Supreme Court announced in Bearden v. Georgia that it is unconstitutional to jail people for being too poor to pay a fine.  But you’d be wrong. (more…)