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Billy Sothern

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Billy Sothern

Billy Sothern, a New Orleans anti-death penalty lawyer and a Soros
Justice Media Fellow, is a frequent contributor to The Nation and
the author of Down in New Orleans: Reflections From a Drowned
City (California).

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As executions resume in the wake of a Supreme Court decision, we are reminded that a life cannot be willfully ended without violence.

The most devastated neighborhood in America makes an ideal backdrop for a morally ambiguous play about abandonment.

Some herald the election of an Indian-American Republican governor as a milestone, but the poor and black citizens of Louisiana aren't among them.

If the American people continue to avert their eyes from the slow death of an abandoned city, their communities may soon be the next to fail.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans's ruling class is demolishing public housing to make way for private businesses and expensive condos.

The people of New Orleans suffered another blow with the indictment of Representative William Jefferson. They deserve better.

As the New Orleans Jazz Fest unfolded, a down-home celebration, bright with beads, sequins and feathers, took place in the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Billy Sothern, member of the legal team that represented Patrick Kennedy, convicted of child rape, in a landmark Supreme Court death penalty decision this week, explained the issues at stake in this 2007 essay.

History repeats itself for the white residents of St. Bernard Parish, who tried and failed to restrict rentals in their devastated streets to blood relatives, barring blacks and Hispanics.

Mourning a slain young mother in New Orleans, the only way to dignify her death is to try to create real justice here.