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bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson compared Fair Wayne Bryant's life sentence for stealing a pair of hedge clippers to "Pig Laws" in the years after Reconstruction that "were largely designed to re-enslave African Americans."

This black man shouldn't spend life in prison for trying to steal hedge clippers | bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," wrote Bernette J. Johnson, the state's first African-American Chief Justice.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

"If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," bernette johnson'>Chief Justice Bernette Johnson wrote in a dissent.

“The lone dissenter in the decision was Supreme Court Chief JusticeBernette Johnson, who wrote that ‘the sentence imposed is excessive and disproportionate to the offense the defendant committed.’” (via CNN) #incarceration 

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Opinion | Bernette: "You want to know if love is a choice or a feeling? I think it's really both. It takes a long time to develop a true love and I think it's well worth it." - @NBCNewsTHINK 

"There is something about the system that does not feel right," state Supreme Court Chief JusticeBernette Johnson said last year.

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