Time: Atlanta’s first Black female district attorney is at the center of America's converging crises
UC law professor offers thoughts on reforming prosecuting attorney offices
Time magazine profiled the Atlanta-area’s first black female district attorney, Fani Willis. As Fulton County’s chief prosecutor, Willis has mandate to dispense justice in a city know as the ‘cradle of the American civil rights movement,’ the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. Like other big-city prosecutors, Willis is under pressure to reduce and punish crime, even as limiting imprisonment had just gained overwhelming public support and some degree of legal traction. This comes as Atlanta homicides rose more than 60% in 2020, hitting 157 people killed. Willis was elected on a promise to operate in a more progressive fashion.
Mark Godsey, a professor of law at the UC College of Law director of the Ohio Innocence Project, says many of these self-identified progressive candidates, once elected find themselves surrounded by long-term prosecutors working in their offices. Those people are, more often than not, determined to do things the old way. “In my experience when somebody is a lifelong prosecutor and they run on a progressive platform, they don’t tend to stick to it as long as somebody who really comes from an outside perspective” Godsey told Time. “They grew up in that culture as well so they sort of come from that mentality.”
Featured image of Mark Godsey taken by Lisa Ventre/UC Creative Brand.
Cincinnati Innovation District announces expansion
October 27, 2021
Alongside Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, leaders of the Cincinnati Innovation District and JobsOhio announced the expansion of the CID on Monday, which will accelerate minority-led business attraction to Ohio.
The New York Times: After year of ‘rampant’ cheating, elite...
October 26, 2021
A.J. Stephani, a contract bridge player, who is also co-director of the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, speaks to The New York Times for a story about cheating among elite bridge players.
MSN: Ohio legislation aims to cover dense breast screening
October 26, 2021
The University of Cincinnati's Dr. Annie Brown was featured in an MSN article detailing the push for the passage of Ohio House Bill 371, which would require insurance companies to cover dense breast tissue screenings.