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Bob Marley Still Really Wouldn’t Want You Voting for Trump

Bob Marley Still Really Wouldn’t Want You Voting for Trump

OsideNews October 1, 2020

By Stephen Cooper In August 2019, in an opinion piece for the Tennessean, I wrote: “You don’t have to listen to reggae in order to navigate the perilous times we’re living in, or appreciate the depravity...

Covid-19 Exposes the Death Penalty’s Selfishness

Covid-19 Exposes the Death Penalty’s Selfishness

OsideNews April 20, 2020

By Stephen Cooper Capital punishment has always been perverse, but during our country’s struggle with the coronavirus, its selfishness sticks out like a sneeze, its sickly aerosols joining racism, classism,...

Op-Ed: “Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama

Op-Ed: “Just Mercy” and Justice Don’t Exist in Alabama

OsideNews February 18, 2020

The chance of there being “just mercy” for Nathaniel Woods—facing lethal injection on March 5 for the killing of three Birmingham police officers—is as good as the chance Alabama will ever reform...

Op-Ed: Judge Marks and Mass Incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

Op-Ed: Judge Marks and Mass Incarceration in the Middle District of Alabama

OsideNews August 31, 2019

By Stephen Cooper In 2016, together with former colleague Assistant Federal Public Defender Donnie W. Bethel, I wrote, “[p]eople of all persuasions, political parties, and philosophies have awakened...

“Wheel! Of! Fortune!” (A Vegas Story)

“Wheel! Of! Fortune!” (A Vegas Story)

OsideNews June 16, 2019

By Stephen A. Cooper An unnaturally tan woman with metallic blond hair and garish makeup has hit a bonus. Automated applause, bells, whistles, whoops, and all manner of artificial sounds ring out. Flashing...

Op-Ed: My Unforgettable College Stabbings (Reacting to Violence: A Personal History)

Op-Ed: My Unforgettable College Stabbings (Reacting to Violence: A Personal History)

OsideNews April 16, 2019

By Stephen Cooper Violence can and does occur anywhere at any time to anyone. While our current mass shooting epidemic has thrust this fact of being alive into our daily consciousness, I learned this lesson...

Op-Ed: Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching

Op-Ed: Julius Jones’s Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching

OsideNews March 27, 2019

By Stephen Cooper Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail...

Op-Ed: Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

Op-Ed: Why Twitter brings out my worst self (and perhaps yours)

OsideNews March 5, 2019

By Stephen Cooper As a full-time freelance writer – having transitioned from law practice at midlife, accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities that kind of crisis entails – Twitter...

Op-Ed: Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots

Op-Ed: Keith Tharpe and the Death Penalty’s Racist Roots

OsideNews February 28, 2019

By Stephen Cooper Recently, the appalling spectacle of a black man condemned by a Georgia jury, a jury that included a racist bigot, reentered the American consciousness; if you haven’t heard about this...

Op-Ed: Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution

Op-Ed: Supreme Court Screw-Up Sullies U.S. Constitution

OsideNews February 26, 2019

By Stephen Cooper Giving a speech at Georgetown University, late Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., said: “[T]he Constitution is a sublime oration on the dignity of man.” However, after the Supreme Court’s...

Op-Ed: Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair

Op-Ed: Alabama Executions: Strictly a Christian Affair

OsideNews February 4, 2019

By Stephen Cooper Over 60 years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that “[t]he basic concept underlying the Eighth Amendment is nothing less than the dignity of man. While the State has...

OpEd: The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

OpEd: The Deafening Drumbeat of the Unfree

OsideNews August 30, 2018

By Stephen Cooper Above the din of disturbing news – that discordant banging you’re hearing, steadily getting louder and louder, that you can no longer ignore – that’s the drumbeat of the unfree. Dehumanized...

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