NewsMississippi Capital May Receive State-Run Court System

Mississippi Capital May Receive State-Run Court System

This isn’t right….

Despite a fight from the NAACP, a Mississippi federal judge is allowing the state to create a state-run court in Jackson – a majority-Black capital city.

However, in a recent turn of events, according to PBS, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary delay of the ruling following a request from the NAACP, blocking the court’s creation until at least Jan. 5. Spokesperson Alicia Mercedes says the group continues to describe the law as “inherently undemocratic.” “We will continue to do everything in our power to fight for Jackson residents’ rights to have control over their own institutions and live free from state-driven discrimination,” she wrote in a statement.

The NAACP argued in its lawsuit that both bills violated the 14th Amendment, discriminating against Jackson’s residents. “In violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, these laws target Jackson’s majority-Black residents on the basis of race for a separate and unequal policing structure and criminal justice system to which no other residents of the State are subjected,” the suit stated.

Source: Black Enterprise

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