Steven H. Wright

Steven Wright, a defense attorney in Madison, Wisconsin, served in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice for five years.

  • Baltimore: What Hasn't Changed

    June 9, 2015

    The arrest of the six Baltimore officers might seem hopeful, but without reform of the special set of rights that accused police officers enjoy in the state of Maryland, we shouldn’t expect very much to change.

  • The Voter ID Mess

    October 11, 2014

    Amid a slew of new court orders on voter ID laws, will states be able to prevent confusion among poll workers—the people who have the de-facto last word in determining whether you are eligible to vote?

  • Voter Discrimination Just Got Easier

    July 29, 2014

    The next federal election is four months away, and the Justice Department, for the first time in half a century, will lack the power to monitor polls in communities where monitoring is most needed.

  • Trayvon Martin: What the Law Can't Do

    July 22, 2013

    What can the Justice Department do to resolve the Trayvon Martin case? In truth, not a whole lot. The state prosecution was the best opportunity to put Zimmerman behind bars. Federal charges are fraught with problems, and a wrongful-death suit might not give anyone a sense of closure.