Geoff Headlines Symposium at UM-Dearborn

Geoff Headlines Symposium at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN, Mich., March 2, 2015 - Geoffrey Fieger discussed recent cases of police misconduct during a "Diversity and Justice" symposium at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Arts, Sciences and Letters.
He joined an esteemed panel of experts including Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Mark Fancher of the Michigan ACLU, and UM-Dearborn Sociology Professor Dr. Alford Young. They kicked off the three-day event by addressing the topic of “Criminal Justice and Race.”
Geoff commented that the discussion on diversity and justice needs to be larger than a few well-publicized cases like Ferguson. The entire criminal justice system is at issue, he said.
Juries don’t want to convict police officers because they fear the police will not respond when they need help, he said. Courts, particularly appellate courts where judges are appointed, are too political to be impartial. For appellate judges, political success means 'rubber stamping' the previous court's decision, and for low-income defendants and victims, access to a capable and affordable attorney is limited if such access exists at all.
The symposium was held to coincide with Criminal Justice Month, and was moderated by UM-Dearborn Associate Professor of History Dr. Ahmad Rahman.
Organizer Donald Shelton said he hopes the event will serve as a starting point for ongoing discussions.

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