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Introduction

“It requires little knowledge of human nature to anticipate that those who had long been regarded as an inferior and subject race would, when suddenly raised to the rank of citizenship, be looked upon with jealousy and positive dislike, and that state laws might be enacted or enforced to perpetuate the distinctions that had before existed.”[1]

As ominously foreshadowed by the Supreme Court in 1879,[2] current state and federal laws  and practices continuously present disadvantages to people of color. Distant from enslavement and the oppressive nature of the Jim Crow Era, individuals, courts, and politicians, blind to the discrepancies of this nation’s criminal justice system, erroneously believe that the black defendant enjoys the same rights as the white defendant. Ignoring the lack of racial representation and the presence of implicit bias in the courtroom, white judges sit in front of white prosecutors and instruct the white jury on how to handle the black defendant’s case. The black defendant is seldom given a jury that racially represents him or her, and this lack of representation is a product of case precedent, judicial reasoning, and discriminatory practices. In Wisconsin, these discriminatory practices take form in both state and federal jury pooling procedures. As such, the purpose of this article is to draw on the disproportional impact jury pooling practices have on black defendants in circuit and federal district courts in the state of Wisconsin.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense! This time John and Kirk discuss issues pertaining to JAG jury selection processes, Wisconsin Supreme Court Elections and the role of judges, and the compensation rate for appointed counsel. Additionally, Attorney John Birdsall discusses the current petition in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court that deals with increasing the compensation rate for appointed defenders.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  Attorney John Birdsall is coming to you from the Big Apple! While on a business trip in New York City, Attorney Birdsall discusses  a political corruption trial that is currently being held in the Southern District of New York. Additionally, Attorney Birdsall discusses the controversies surrounding a criminal death penalty case in Louisiana wherein the defense attorney admitted his client's guilt. In discussing the Louisiana case, Attorney Birdsall addresses issues criminal defense attorneys face when representing mentally diminished clients.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  Attorneys Kirk Obear and John Birdsall are back again with a new show full of controversy, Oprah, and pizza. First the dynamic duo discuss the controversies surrounding Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."In discussion the purpose of the book, Attorneys Kirk and John remind listeners that the book is night offered for the truth of the statements, but rather for the truth that people said those statements. After discussing at length the beauty of New York City pizza, Kirk and John dissect the political persuasion power of Oprah and how celebrity fame leads to winning presidential elections.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  Attorney John Birdsall discusses a new Supreme Court case that addresses searches and seizures of rental vehicles. Additionally Attorney Birdsall will dissect a motion brought by Paul Manafort, which attacks Robert Mueller's authority to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  John and his law clerk, Nicole Muller, discuss the current controversies surrounding Jeff Sessions' new asset forfeiture directive and the constitutional implications of such. In addition to exploring the underlying success and failure of cash bail programs, both John and Nicole dissect the new jailhouse snitch laws out of Texas.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  John and Kirk discuss the controversies around jury nullification and a case that deals with an attorney who, in his closing statement, hinted at jury nullification.

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With a new week, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  John and Kirk discuss a recent Supreme Court case that reversed a conviction where the defense attorneys presented evidence that because their client was black, he was more like to re-offend,  and an ACLU lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department claiming that police are routinely violating the Fourth Amendment by stopping persons of color without cause akin to New York City's "stop and frisk" policy that was found unconstitutional.

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With a new administration, comes a new episode of Legal Defense!  John is solo today and discusses President Trump's tough on crime agenda, his manipulation of FBI crime data, the role of police in a free society in the age of Trump, the roles of the three branches of government especially in relation to crime policy, the implications of the Muslim ban - legal and otherwise, the potential dismantling of federal "consent decrees" that seek to reform corrupt local police departments, and the proposed massive increase in ICE agents and an executive order to give them carte blanche to detain people.

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