When the worst crime of 1770 occurred on a cold night in Boston — the “bloody butchery” of five patriots by nine British redcoats, no one would defend the soldiers accused of the crime.
Jami Floyd is a lawyer, an award-winning journalist and a nationally renowned news anchor. She has worked at Court TV as both a correspondent and anchor; and at ABC News, where she reported for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” contributed to “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” co-anchored “World News Now” (with Anderson Cooper) and the “Early Morning News,” and led the consumer unit at “20/20.” In addition to many prominent court cases, she has covered police and judicial corruption in Los Angeles, the Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo cases in New York, and countless landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases. She also pioneered national coverage of the use of DNA by the Innocence Project to reverse wrongful convictions and was with the first team of ABC News reporters dispatched on Sept. 11, 2001. She has widely reported on civil rights and discrimination, and secured interviews with a long list of prominent newsmakers. Jami has been twice nominated for an Emmy and has won several awards, including a Gracie Award for Outstanding Host of a Television News Program, a Telly award for Outstanding Co-Anchor, and the NABJ Salute to Excellence award. She frequently guest hosts on WNYC radio in New York.
A journalist can never become a part of the story. But journalists do have the power to alter the course of events, if they lose their objectivity.
Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. So decreed the United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, the aptly titled 1967 landmark case that reaffirmed marriage as a fundamental right and overturned the nation’s anti-miscegenation laws, i.e., laws that told people who they could [...]
Forty years ago, The Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade, with a 7-2 vote in favor of the plaintiff, Norma L. McCorvey, whose alias was Jane Roe. It was a complicated ruling, with a companion decision in Doe v. Bolton, but ultimately the Court ruled that a right to privacy under the [...]
The time to act is not tomorrow. Today is already too late. There will be another mass shooting, even before we can get the legislation in place to stop it.
It all began in 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom famously opened San Francisco’s City Hall to gay couples wanting to marry. That action paved the way for Proposition 8 and all of the litigation that’s followed.
We don’t think much about the Supreme Court in daily life. And maybe that’s the way the founders intended it when they established this third but equally powerful branch of our federal government. But we should be thinking about them when we step into the voting booth on November 6.
Although the Supreme Court dealt a blow to women who say they’ve been systematically discriminated against by Wal-Mart, the women’s claims still have a good chance in court, says legal analyst Jami Floyd.
Jami Floyd: Before we utter another breathless word about the Strauss-Kahn case, let’s not forget that the U.S. is the world leader in affording defendants the right to a fair trial.