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6/08- “Ghetto Court”

They kept telling me, "It's the Bronx times 10," but that was all speculation based on what they had seen on TV since none of them has ever actually been to New York City. All of the WashU kids have left for their class in Cape Town so that leaves Susan and I at the office just the two of us. Typically we were working in the board room, but because the Board is being audited, we have been working in the cubicles. The combination of circumstances has meant that Susan and I have had a great opportunity to get…

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6/05- My first case

These next couple of posts are from last week, but I did not have internet access so bear with me on the lag. Thanks. I was going to wait until there was another step in the matter that I am dealing with, but so far it has been adjourned three times so I am not optimistic that it will happen any time soon and want to get these thoughts down while they are fresh. TP assigned me my first case. It was a double rape, which in SA has a minimum sentence of life. He handed me a file with…

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First Weekend of Fun

I am going to save the work-related entry for a bit later. What I will tell you now is that I am working on a rape case of a convicted man. He was convicted of a double rape which carries with it a minimum life sentence. I did a bunch of research and reporting and it looks like we are going to appeal. The appeal process is tomorrow so I will just write about my experience with the whole case after that.As for the fun stuff, we went on our first adventure this weekend. Ande picked out an area from…

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First Day of Work 5.26

Today was my first day of work. Once again I didn’t really have expectactions, but I was nervous and excited to see what was in store for us. Our supervisor, TP had indicated to the other students that he would be taking Susan and I to court to get us oriented and to give us an experience as a sort of running start for the summer. I have already described, in detail to my boyfriend John the events of my day and he can attest to my exuberance when describing the experience. I guess for sake of the written word,…

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First Couple of Days- Created 5/24

I have now been in Durban for three days. I have yet to start working, so these first days have been my adjustment period. At first I was somewhat hesitant to put off en starting work, but I am glad that I took this time to get things figured out a little bit and get settled. So far South Africa has been interesting. I was in Cape Town about four years ago for a week visiting a friend and despite that being a short experience, I saw enough to know that Durban is very different. There were times in Cape…

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05/19/08- Day Before Departure to Durban

[Ed. comment: Over the course of the summer, Ms. JD will be featuring updates from a blogger's work with the Legal Aid Board of South Africa in Durban. This is the first post in a series of posts that will track this work.]So Susan and I leave for South Africa tomorrow. I will be working at the Legal Aid Board of South Africa in Durban with the Washington University in Saint Louis program. There is a lot of excitement and anxiety going on. I'm finding that I have the combined nerves of going to another country for three months and…

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