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Professor Ronald Wright

Professor Ron Wright quoted in the New York Times regarding sentencing shift gives new leverage to prosecutors

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After decades of new laws to toughen sentencing for criminals, prosecutors have gained greater leverage to extract guilty pleas from defendants and reduce the number of cases that go to trial, often by using the threat of more serious charges with mandatory sentences or other harsher penalties. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil quoted in Associated Press story regarding N.C. Innocence Commission

RALEIGH (AP) — Fifteen hours after Troy Davis was executed, two men walked out of a North Carolina prison after being exonerated of a murder they had pleaded guilty to committing more than 10 years ago.N.C. Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic director, students react to Troy Davis execution

Twenty years ago, in 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of killing a police officer in Savannah, Ga. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, the Georgia board of pardons denied a bid to delay his execution, and state officials scheduled his death for the following day at 7 p.m. Continue reading »

Professor Wendy Parker quoted in USA Today regarding judges’ desire to get out of school desegregation

After decades of issuing court orders, judges across the country have shown in recent years that they want to get out of school desegregation, said Wendy Parker, a professor at Wake Forest University. Continue reading »

Professor Michael Green tells WFMY when people should file a lawsuit

Illinois — Didn’t get a check in your birthday card this year? Would you sue over it? A brother and sister in Illinois did. Continue reading »

Visiting professor Iyiola Solanke discusses ‘Public Unrest, Social Institutions and Trust’ in the Huffington Post

Wake Forest University School of Law Visiting Professor Iyiola Solanke talks about “Public Unrest, Social Institutions and Trust” in an op/ed piece in HuffingtonPost.com.

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Professor Alan Palmiter quoted in Barron’s calling for more fiduciary protections to fund shareholders

As former SEC Chairman Manuel Cohen taught, “Wall Street rarely moves toward reform unless it is pushed.” Continue reading »

Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil calls for restoring fairness to SBI lab

A judge should not have to order a scientist to prepare an accurate report for use in a murder case. That should just come naturally to the scientist. Unfortunately, our North Carolina SBI crime lab does not believe in this basic principle. Our SBI lab believes that prosecutors, defense lawyers and judges should comb through volumes of policies and procedures in order to predict what an SBI lab analyst will say in court. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall quoted in Washington Times regarding states’ fight against health care reform

Nearly a year and a half after President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul into law, the growing rebellion in the states — being fought out in courts and state legislatures — shows few signs of easing. Continue reading »

Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks offers his thoughts on the MLK Memorial and the Ideals of Brotherhood in the Huffington Post

In a few days, tens — if not hundreds — of thousands of people will converge upon this nation’s capital to witness the historic unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The idea for the memorial began with a handful of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law. In 1985, Alpha’s general organization began the long process of securing congressional legislation, authorizing the fraternity to raise the $120 million needed to build the memorial, and dedicating land for its construction. Continue reading »