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Resistance is not a spectator sport


Published in the St. Louis American, August 15, 2017


Looking at the tsunami of the recent hate-motivated, mean-spirited, anti-black racist incidents going on in St. Louis, in Missouri and in the U.S., reminds me of a favorite saying of my mother: This country is going to hell in a hand-basket!

To that I reply, we’re already in hell. The NAACP’s travel advisory for African Americans coming to or through Missouri could’ve easily been expanded to a cautionary reminder for black folks living in the U.S. Read more

The White Elephant in the Courtroom



This article is from the Childress Lecture Series and part of the St. Louis University Law Journal publication (Summer 2017). Also included are articles from Stephen B. Bright, Stephen Hanlon, Brandon Buskey, Michael Barrett, Norman Lefstein, Sean D. O’Brien, Mark E. Olive, Cynthia Short, Alexander L. Ledbetter and Mary K. Mullen.

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Independent investigation needed in killing of Isaiah Hammett


Published in the St. Louis American, August 3, 2017

Anthony Lamar Smith and daughter, Autumn.

The murder investigation of Jason Stockley bounced around in 2011 like a flaming hot potato. The case was volleyed among and between the investigative units of the St. Louis Police Department, local, state and federal prosecutors as well as the FBI before criminal charges were finally filed by Jennifer Joyce. The Stockley case was probably one of many which convinced Joyce that riding cross-country in a RV was more appealing than being the city’s head prosecutor. The murder trial this week fell into the lap of new Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. Read more