Attorney Zulu Ali Issues Nationwide Call for Jury Reform

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Attorney Zulu Ali Issues Nationwide Call for Jury Reform

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Attorney Zulu Ali, the founder of the Law Offices of Zulu Ali in Riverside, California and the Justice by Jury Reform Initiative Committee, will be hosting a conference as a nationwide initiative to address the rising crisis of wrongful convictions and police brutality against blacks and other citizens.

In a statement written on behalf of the committee, Attorney Ali reflected on his upbringing, describing how the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the US Supreme Court inspired him. He also talked about how said, Avon Williams, Jr. and Z. Alexander Looby, inspired him because they were civil rights attorneys who challenged the system to make changes in the law when the law was unjust. Ali stated “at that time, attorneys were agents of change.”

“Today, the court and justice system focuses on the procedure and not the people. The court process and convenience are more important than improvement and rights of citizens. Courts and agencies overseeing officers of the court have mechanisms in place to neutralize and eliminate those who challenge the system.”

“The system often serves to oppress than to protect. Lawyers who choose to challenge the system are subject to immense scrutiny by courts and agencies. Challenging the system in a meaningful way disrupts the system.”

Ali in his statement said he believes today, lawyers don’t want to take the challenges the lawyers of before.

“Today, attorneys, as agents of change, are very scarce as far as numbers and are often overworked and lack the resources; as no one will take on these cases because no one wants the heat.”

Ali talks about the initiative he has to help improve the jury system and ensure equality and justice for all people.

“Our first initiative should be to reform our jury system to ensure that all men and women are tried by a jury of their peers that properly represents a cross-section of the community. I have been in predominantly black cities where a black person is tried by an all-white jury in recent time. I oppose such jury makeup for anyone; white, black, or otherwise.”

Attorney Ali and the JJRI Committee is issuing a nationwide call to attorneys, activists, clergy, public officials, and concerned citizens to rally for jury reform across the nation. Part of the discussion will include the need for both citizens and public officials to be tried by a jury makeup of a cross-section of the community.

Conferences will be scheduled across the nation beginning on January 20, 2018, in Riverside, California. Interested individuals should email [email protected]

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