WASHINGTON – Steven Scott Cantrell, 26, of Crane, Texas, was sentenced today for hate crime charges stemming from a series of racially-motivated arsons in December 2010, including the arson of a historic African-American church as part of an effort to murder a disabled African-American man, the Justice Department announced today.
Cantrell was sentenced to 450 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell in Midland, Texas, after pleading guilty to damaging religious property and interfering with housing rights in violation of federal hate crime laws. Cantrell was also ordered to pay $550,780 in restitution to the victims.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has appointed Rita Coyle DeMeules to succeed retiring Supreme Court Commissioner Richard Slowes. She will join the court December 12 and assume her role as Commissioner on January 12, 2011.
Coyle DeMeules has served as an Assistant Attorney General since 2006, where she represented the State of Minnesota and Minnesota agencies before state and federal trial and appellate courts. In that position, she provided legal research, analysis, and advice to state agencies on litigation and agency policies, and served as principal attorney responsible for trials, motions, pretrial activities, and arguments before the courts. From 1990-2004, she was a partner and associate at the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP, in Minneapolis, and served as an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul from 2004 to 2010; and from 1991 to 1993.
(BLACK PR WIRE) -- More than 350 members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) will meet in Chicago, Illinois, December 7 - 11, 2011, to learn about the nation’s best models and practices across an array of policy areas. The theme of this year’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference is “Seeing Beyond – State Leadership, National Progress.” NBCSL members will leave the conference armed with legislative ideas they can then take to their respective Capitols in the upcoming legislative sessions.
Global human rights activist Naomi Tutu will deliver the keynote presentation sharing her passion for race and gender equality at the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.
The 2012 breakfast will include musical performances from The Steeles and Walker West Music Academy, and the presentation of the Local Legend and Emerging Legend community service awards. Tutu will be introduced by UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax.