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Webinar to look at racial, ethnic bias in jury selection

The National Center for State Courts will present the webinar “Jury Selection – Beyond Intentional Racial Bias” on Thursday, June 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Several states are currently evaluating or have recently evaluated peremptory challenges and whether existing remedies, such as Batson challenges, are sufficient to overcome any discriminatory motivations in the use of the challenges.

Panelists will provide specific actions and methods to identify implicit, institutional, and unconscious race and ethnic biases during jury selection.

This webinar is part of a series presented by the Blueprint for Racial Justice Systemic Change Work Group.

To register for the program, visit www.ncsc.org and click on “webinars.”


Black Women Lawyers Association marks anniversary

The Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (BWLAM) will host its 30th Anniversary Fundraiser “Blazing the Trail Through Trials” on Tuesday, June 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.  

The event will honor judicial trailblazers Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas, retired Judge Cynthia D, Stephens, and retired Judge Denise Langford Morris.

BWLAM was founded on July 28, 1992 by a group of African-American women from the Metro Detroit area, who wanted to form a bar organization that focused on women issues; increased black female representation in the judiciary and in public offices; and to take a proactive stance on political issues.

To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search “BWLAM.”


Teen’s trial in school shooting moved to January

PONTIAC  (AP) — A judge has postponed a murder trial until January in the case of a teenager accused of killing four fellow students and wounding others at a Michigan high school.

Lawyers for Ethan Crumbley say a September trial date wouldn’t leave enough time to go through evidence and prepare. The Oakland County prosecutor’s office didn't object.

Judge Kwame Rowe set a trial for Jan. 17.

The 16-year-old Crumbley is charged with murder and other crimes in the November shooting at Oxford High School.

Earlier that day, his parents were summoned to discuss the boy’s disturbing drawings on a math assignment, but they declined to take him home. James and Jennifer Crumbley are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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