July 12, 2013

Alan Beaman Lawsuit Dismissed

A man whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 13 years in prison and two former prosecutors all have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit in the case.


Erma Bridgewater
(Kimberlie Kranich/WILL)
June 05, 2013

Champaign Street to Be Named After Erma Bridgewater

Part of Washington Street in Champaign will be soon be named for the one of biggest names in local civil rights history. The portion between Fourth and Wright Streets will become Honorary Erma Bridgewater Way. 


 People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27,2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case.
(Evan Vucci/AP)
February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.


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