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Joyce Vance

Joyce White Vance is an MSNBC columnist and NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst. She is a law professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and a former U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Alabama.

Joyce White Vance is an MSNBC columnist and NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst. She is a law professor at the University of Alabama School of Law and a former U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Alabama.

Latest from Joyce Vance

8d ago

Britney Spears finally won the right to pick her own lawyer. Here's why that matters

In some ways, a defendant in a criminal case enjoys more protection of their rights than Spears has had.
18d ago

What Biden's speech defending voting rights was missing

A crisis of this level deserves more than a speech — even a very good one.
38d ago

Britney Spears' IUD testimony was disturbing — and connects to a larger societal pattern

Concocted mental health claims have been used throughout history, including in proceedings that carry the imprimatur of the courts, to sideline inconvenient women.
53d ago

Garland's Trump defamation lawsuit decision might be legally defensible. It's also wrong.

DOJ's course of action is bad for Carroll, obviously, but it’s also bad for efforts to restore people’s faith in our legal system.
57d ago

Matt Gaetz, Donald Trump and why obstruction of justice matters

Interfering with justice cannot become the new norm. And we cannot tolerate any more efforts by our politicians to hold themselves above the law.
86d ago

Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Barr rebuke opens the door to DOJ accountability

There are four possibilities for holding an attorney general accountable if evidence suggests he did abuse his office to protect a president.
102d ago

How the George Floyd Policing Act could bring us closer to actual justice

Policing must be transformed, or these killings won't stop.
105d ago

Why Chauvin trial's verdict may hinge on Judge Cahill's jury instructions

The prosecution and defense have made their cases. Now it is up to the jury — and the judge — to do the hard part.
120d ago

Biden's first 11 federal judge nominees highlight a highly nuanced diversity

By 2019, the ratio of former prosecutors to former criminal defense attorneys (including public defenders) on the federal bench was 4 to 1.
150d ago

The GOP has enlisted the Supreme Court in its anti-voting rights crusade

Republican lies about voter fraud are giving way to naked grasping for power.
169d ago

Trump acquitted in Senate impeachment trial that hinged on free speech fallacy

The senators who bought Trump’s First Amendment defense have given future presidents permission to try to succeed where Trump failed.