Crime

Conyers Hails Federal Court Decision Holding NYC “Stop and Frisk” Policy Unconstitutional

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(DETROIT) – Today, a federal judge ruled in the case of Floyd v. City of New York that the city’s “stop and frisk” policy is unconstitutional. After this ruling, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “Today’s federal court decision striking down New York’s stop-and-frisk policy is a victory for individual liberty and equal justice under the law. “The Court found t... Read more »

Conyers and Scott Praise Attorney General Holder’s Action to Curtail Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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Today, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered an important speech at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco. He spoke about the issue of overcrowding in federal prisons and the policies that have led to this problem. He said that, “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason.” He also stated that, “widespread incarcerati... Read more »

Conyers Supports Justice Department Investigation into Trayvon Martin Case

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Following the jury’s verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement: “In the wake of this weekend’s verdict, I strongly support the Department of Justice’s determination to conduct an independent and thorough review of the Trayvon Martin case and consider whether federal charges should be brought. “Beyond the Department’s investigation, I... Read more »

Conyers: As Senate Moves Forward Bipartisan Immigration Reform, House Republicans Take a Wrong Turn

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Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a full committee hearing on H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (The SAFE Act). After hearing from a panel of witnesses, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement critical of the bill under consideration: “I sincerely hope that this bill does not signal the direction in which our conversation is heading. As the ... Read more »

Conyers Delivers Keynote Address Commending Work of Gideon’s Promise

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(DETROIT) – This evening, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) gave the keynote address at an event in Detroit honoring the work of Gideon’s Promise, an organization working to recruit and train public defenders. The event comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court held that state courts are required to provide a... Read more »

Conyers Honors 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright Decision

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Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court decided, in a landmark unanimous ruling, that under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment state courts are required to provide an attorney for defendants in criminal cases who are unable to afford legal counsel. This requirement already existed under the 6th Amendment at the federal level, but was groundbreaking for extending the right to co... Read more »

Conyers Joins President Obama, Applauds Signing of Violence Against Women Act

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) attended the President’s signing ceremony for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). Last Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 286 to 138, with 87 House Republicans breaking with their party, to pass the bipartisan version of VAWA that passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of 78 to 22. The Senate version of VA... Read more »

Conyers Endorses Principles of House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force

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Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), along with other members of the House Democratic Caucus, participated in a Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Virginia which included addresses by President Obama and Vice President Biden. At this conference, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, created by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and chaired by Congressman Mike Thompso... Read more »