By Attorney Natalie Jackson The Black community face two kinds of criminal violence: 1) Government-Sanctioned Criminal Violence (illegal use of force by the police), and 2) Community Criminal Violence (when a community is preyed upon by individual members of that community). Each of these types of violence must be addressed differently because the possible solutions to resolving them are different.
By Attorney Camara Williams, Esq. Last night was extremely gratifying for me. My good friend Aramis Donell Ayala was elected not ONLY as the first black prosecutor in Florida history. She is the first black female prosecutor in the south. History was made last night.
But that is not even the most gratifying part. She (we) started out with literally a handful of supporters. There was no big loud thunderous movement in the beginning. It simply started out with a group of friends who saw something special in a person and encouraged her to run.
by Lawrence A. Robinson Chad Cronon was an instructor of legal studies at the University of Central Florida. He also practices law privately.
I met Chad when my political support team needed an attorney to file an injunction against an opponent candidate who was a well known, establishment and status quo, Black attorney who was running for City Council in his mother's shadow.
We wanted a Black attorney to file the injunction, but could not find one who would take the case. Chad Cronon decided to take the case. Chad was white and had tried cases against government entities and won. I advised him of the issues that Black attorneys face in this type of situation, but Chad was confident that he would be triumphant and there would be no issue.
by Attorney Camara Williams I woke up in the morning with a conflicted feeling. Happy for my trial result, but upset about the trial result of Noel Carter (my friends and colleagues Natalie Jackson, Kafi Kennedy Swanson, James Smith tried this high profile case). It is an interesting irony that in the same judicial circuit we had two cases happening in the same week involving excessive police force, with both clients being charged with Resisting an officer.
by Pam Keith, Esq. (Pam Keith is a candidate for US Senate) For those who do not know my foundational principal it is this: I LOVE, and I mean really LOVE, my fellow Americans. I believe that we are each unique and special. That our contribution to this great land is NOT based on the amount we contribute in taxes, or how much we produce, sell or make. We cannot help but rub up against each other.