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National Lawyers Guild Urges Death Sentence Commutation for John Ferguson

October 16, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for the State of Florida to halt the scheduled execution of John Errol Ferguson and commute his death sentences to life in prison. Ferguson is a severely mentally ill African American man who has spent the last 34 years on death row and whose execution is set for Thursday, October 18, unless the courts intervene.

National Lawyers Guild Convention Will Celebrate 75 Years, Reunite Activists

October 8, 2012

Hundreds of National Lawyers Guild members and allies will gather this week to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary at the Law for the People convention in Pasadena, California.

Scholar and activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address and among the convention honorees will be Margaret Burnham, a professor of civil rights law who, as a young lawyer, helped secure Davis’s 1972 acquittal on high-profile charges.

Citing Intimidation, Death Threats, National Lawyers Guild Calls for Protection of Haitian Lawyers to Government Critics

October 4, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) expresses its grave concern over the recent intimidation of Haitian attorneys who represent government critics, which has included death threats, judicial harassment, and a report that Haiti’s top justice official ordered the arrest of three.

NLG to Protect First Amendment at RNC and DNC

August 21, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild is preparing to mount a massive legal support effort for protesters at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. “The host cities of Tampa and Charlotte are greeting party politicians and their corporate backers with open arms,” said NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian.

National Lawyers Guild Honors Ailing Cuban Lawyer, Urges Obama Administration to Permit Cuban Five Brother Visit

March 11, 2012

National Lawyers Guild honors ailing Cuban lawyer, urges Obama administration to permit Cuban Five brother visit

National Lawyers Guild Stands with Lynne Stewart

February 28, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) continues to stand behind longtime member, civil and human rights defender Lynne Stewart, as the Second Circuit appeal of her sentence is argued before a three-judge panel today.

National Lawyers Guild Members Abused in Bahrain Anti-Democracy Crackdown

February 13, 2012

Arrest, abuse, and deportation of Guild human rights observers highlights harsh nature of Bahrain's anti-democracy crackdown.

NLG Reaches $6.2 Million Settlement in Class Action Against Chicago Police

February 8, 2012

The court opinion holds that police cannot arrest peaceful demonstrators without warning, solely because they do not have a permit. The decision will apply to future demonstrations.

After Death Row Transfer, Mumia Abu-Jamal Languishes in Solitary

January 11, 2012

Over a month after National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Vice President Mumia Abu-Jamal was moved from death row, he remains in transitional solitary confinement under harsh restrictions.

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