The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: July 2, 2014) – How fair is our criminal and civil justice system to people of color and the poor? Do minority groups in Utah have access to equal representation to navigate the legal system in court? The 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act offers an opportunity to ask these fundamental questions. While the act effectively ended legal discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, the struggle against racism and inequality continues today.
Last year a panel of lawyers and judges convened to discuss whether Utah’s court system is supporting, or failing people of color or poor people. The panelists include Judge William Thorne, Utah Court of Appeals, Grace Acosta, with the law firm of Scalley Reading Bates Hansen and Rasmussen, and Jesse Nix, a public defender and President of the Utah Minority Bar Association. The panel was moderated by Third District Court Judge Vernice Trease. This panel discussion was recorded on April 10, 2013.
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