The 13th Juror is written by Jacqueline Dowd, an Orlando poverty lawyer and law professor. She gives her opinion on social justice isues, news and court decisions.
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Right when we were marveling at how long it had been since a member of Food Not Bombs was last put in handcuffs, the Orlando Weekly writes, Orlando’s senior anarchist Ben Markeson called to notify us that he had finally received the honor of leaving a food-sharing at Lake Eola Park in a police...
The Supreme Court of India has directed all states and union territories to ensure that no night shelter was demolished amid the biting winter cold and slammed the Delhi Development Authority for demolishing two shelters.The authority was ordered to rebuild them within three days.The court said it...
"It wouldn't be the first time people fell asleep in church," Pastor Mark Thompson said.Thompson and his congregation at St. Mark Lutheran Church mobilized over the weekend after learning that the City of Cudahy, Wisconsin, had rejected another church's proposal to host a temporary shelter.The...
David said that a friend stole $10,000 from him, he was recently divorced and that his favorite hobby is riding motorcycles although he no longer has one anymore.David, a Vietnam vet, just asked for spare change. But the person he asked was "Leaflet," a regular contributor over at the Florida...
Judy Clark, 61, who has lived for three years in a homeless encampment, waits for friends to bring a van to put her belongings into storage.A homeless encampment along the Los Angeles River has been broken up, forcing about 20 people to move from the area.The camp's residents said some of them had...
A homeless man who was repeatedly punched by a police officer while a second officer attempted to restrain him will get $75,000 from a lawsuit settlement.A bystander videotaped the incident and the footage was broadcast on television and widely circulated on the Internet.Glen Beaty, 54, had been...
"I had the dream of being a lawyer since I was a little girl and it was a long and difficult process with failure along the way, but I got to live my dream," said Nikki Johnson-Huston."It was scary and fearful and confusing. You don't know a lot, but you know that it's probably not how things are...
Following a lawsuit and months of talks, San Diego is on the verge of opening a storage facility where homeless people can keep their possessions.And dozens of people would receive compensation for the personal belongings that city workers destroyed.Homeless advocates would be allowed to use the...
Fifty-five years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama.It wasn’t because she was tired. “No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in,” she said later.Her arrest and conviction for disorderly conduct triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system...
Nineteen-year-old Christopher Decatur has pleaded guilty to beating a homeless man to death earlier this year.Decatur and two other teens are accused of fatally injuring Joseph Ruba, 52, during an April 17 fight outside a Lakeland restaurant.His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20. The maximum...