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Tigar and Wynn: A legendary lawyer and a legendary judge in conversation (Watch: ABA Rule of Law Initiative)

Blind Lady Justice carved into a Bronx court building

Blind Lady Justice carved into a Bronx court building

Just before the release of Michael Tigar’s new book, Sensing Injustice, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights (ABA CHR) hosted a dynamic conversational event between Tigar and the Honorable James A. Wynn.  Scroll down to watch their exchange.

Tigar interviewed Judge Wynn about his legendary life and career, highlighting 14 case opinions by Judge Wynn:

Long v. Hooks, 972 F.3d 442 (4th Cir. 2020) (en banc), as amended (Aug. 26, 2020) (concurrence) (Concluded that a defendant in a decades-old rape case should be released for having demonstrated actual innocence under the habeas statute. The defendant was released at the state’s request days after the opinion was filed.)

Attkisson v. Holder, 925 F.3d 606 (4th Cir.), as amended (June 10, 2019) (concurring in part, dissenting in part)) (calling attention to the government’s litigation tactics and the information asymmetry between an investigative reporter and the government.

Roe v. Dep’t of Def., 947 F.3d 207, 212 (4th Cir.), as amended (Jan. 14, 2020) (military discharges related to HIV status)

Grimm v. Gloucester Cnty. Sch. Bd., 972 F.3d 586 (4th Cir.), as amended (Aug. 28, 2020) (concurrence) (likening school bathroom policy, which discriminated against transgender students, to earlier generations’ “separate but equal” policies)

Bosley v. Alexander, 442 S.E.2d 82 (N.C. Ct. App. 1994) (questioning ongoing validity of doctrine of contributory negligence in NC)

Wilson v. Flaherty, 689 F.3d 332 (4th Cir. 2012) (dissent) (habeas case, rejects formalism, justice-based approach)

Nelson v. Freeland, 507 S.E.2d 882 (N.C. 1998) (eliminated the distinction between licensees and invitees in North Carolina common law. Continues to be taught in local law schools)

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Kolon Indus., Inc., 637 F.3d 435 (4th Cir. 2011) ((pleading requirements related to Sherman Act claims)

Common Cause v. Rucho, 318 F. Supp. 3d 777 (M.D.N.C. 2018), vacated and remanded, 139 S. Ct. 2484 (2019) (partisan gerrymandering)

League of Women Voters of N.C. v. North Carolina, 769 F.3d 224 (4th Cir. 2014) Found that some aspects of North Carolina’s new voter law—introduced immediately after Shelby County—violated the Voting Rights Act)

Covington v. North Carolina, 316 F.R.D. 117 (M.D.N.C. 2016), aff’d, 137 S. Ct. 2211 (2017); see also Covington v. North Carolina, 270 F. Supp. 3d 881 (M.D.N.C. 2017) (Found that North Carolina state legislative districts were racially gerrymandered)

Wise v. Circosta, 978 F.3d 93 (4th Cir. 2020) (opinion on denial of emergency relief) (Refused to interfere in state election proceedings and noted the dangers posed by the dissent’s view)

Porter v. Clarke, 923 F.3d 348 (4th Cir. 2019) (challenge to conditions of confinement on Virginia’s death row)

State v. Wright, 616 S.E.2d 366 (N.C. Ct. App. 2005) (trial judge’s inappropriate comments violated the criminal defendant’s right to due process)

Pick up a copy of Sensing Injustice and receive a free ebook, full with links to Michael Tigar’s legal arguments. Become a retroactive participant in the investigative research process that Tigar himself went through.

Sensing Injustice: A Lawyer's Life in the Battle for Change


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