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Ronald Wright

Needham Yancey Gulley Professor of Criminal Law

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May 17, 2019 - Abolition of cash bail makes a strong case for reduction of overcrowding in jails and helping those with little financial access (

April 2, 2019 - The Racial Impact of Juror Exclusion (Criminal Injustice Podcast)

March 11, 2019 - Race Considered To Be Key Factor In Selection Of Rosfeld Trial Jurors (WESA, Pittsburgh Public Radio)

January 15, 2019 - Jury Selection Is Broken and Here's How to Fix It (

January 4, 2019 - Why One Researcher Says Some Defendants Are Not Judged By A Jury Of Their Peers (KJZZ Radio)

December 31, 2018 - Jury Sunshine Project (WFDD)

December 10, 2018 - Memo to the Nation's Newest Prosecutors: Restore Your Community's Trust (The Crime Report)

December 6, 2018 - Yes, Jury Selection is Racist (New York Times)

August 10, 2018 - WFU's Jury Sunshine Project a valuable resource for informing voters (Carolina Journal)

August 8, 2018 - St. Louis ousts prosecutor who didn't get charges against cop who killed Michael Brown (

August 7, 2018 - A Ferguson City Council member is challenging the prosecutor who oversaw the Michael Brown case (Vox)

August 2, 2018 - Columbia County DA Jane Kohlwey to leave office in January (Portage Daily Register)

July 27, 2018 - El Chapo's lawyer wants to know if everyone on his alleged hit list is actually dead (Vice News)

June 12, 2018 - The D.A. [Season 2, Episode 8 of "In the Dark" podcast (APM Reports)

May 9, 2018 - Tuesday's 2018 primary elections had some quiet but big wins for criminal justice reformers (

April 6, 2018 - Phylly judges block DA Krasner's deals for juvenile lifers (

March 18, 2018 - Four death sentences in, how does Melissa Nelson's new death penalty process hold up? (Florida Times-Union)

March 9, 2018 - What makes a good prosecutor? A new study of Melissa Nelson's office hopes to find out (Florida Times-Union)

February 14, 2018 - Can El Chapo get a fair trial? (Vice News)

November 5, 2017 - America's Prosecutors Were Supposed to Be Accountable to Voters. What Went Wrong? (

October 31, 2017 - Local perspectives vary on indictments against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates (Winston-Salem Journal)

October 20, 2017 - Cited in The Case Against the Prosecution by John Pfaff (Wall Street Journal)

August 1, 2017 - She was convicted of killing her mother. Prosecutors withheld the evidence that would have freed her. (New York Times Magazine)

July 16, 2017 - Quoted in Should drug dealers face murder charges for overdoses? State Attorney Melissa Nelson thinks so by Andrew Pantazi (The Florida Times-Union)

May 30, 2017 - Cited in Why you can't blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs by German Lopez (

May 17, 2017 - Prosecutors on Tougher Laws? Depends on When They Came of Age (Christian Science Monitor)

May 16, 2017 - Quoted in Michael Flynn might have committed very serious crimes. Trump asked Comey to lay off him by Zack Beauchamp (

April 11, 2017 - Juries: Who Gets to Serve? (WESA Podcast, Criminal (In)justice)

April 7, 2017 - 'Conversation With' speaker Thomas W. Ross advises students to be flexible, become leaders (WFU School of Law News & Events)

April 6, 2017 - Professor Ron Wright helps writers of CBS's 'Elementary' with legal question (WFU School of Law News & Events)

March 31, 2017 - Quoted in Michael Flynn's Immunity Request, Explained by Zack Beauchamp (

October 26, 2016 - Prosecutors must learn to listen to critics and communities (The Seattle Times)

October 25, 2016 - White House Domestic Policy Council invites Professor Ron Wright to join Roundtable on Criminal Justice (WFU School of Law News & Events)

October 21, 2016 - Juvenile Law Externship provides students with real, practical client experience (WFU School of Law News & Events)


October 11, 2016 - Despite Ken Thompson's Short Stint as Brooklyn Prosecutor, Agenda May Endure (New York Times)

September 2, 2016 - How overzealous rural prosecutors may be undermining real criminal justice reform (Fusion)

August 30, 2016 - John Legend, yes that one, is happy State Attorney Angela Corey lost on Tuesday night (Florida Times-Union)

August 11, 2016 - Professor Ronald Wright and Assistant Economics Professor Francis Flanagan receive National Science Foundation grant (WFU School of Law News & Events)

May 19, 2016 - Professor Ron Wright's casebook cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Betterman v. Montana decision (WFU School of Law News & Events)

March 16, 2016 - The prosecutors in the Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases lose their primary races (

March 16, 2016 - 2 prosecutor races you didn't hear about were big wins for Black Lives Matter (

March 16, 2016 - Should hard-line prosecutors be nervous? (The Marshall Project)

November 7, 2015 - Disabled vet's marijuana charges dropped (Citizen-Times)

October 30, 2015 - Professor Ron Wright to present findings from his'Jury Sunshine Project' on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (WFU School of Law News & Events)

October 22, 2015 - Case raises questions about how we pick district attorneys (Newsday)

October 22, 2015 - Professor Ronald Wright joins U.S. Sentencing Commission expert roundtable in Washington, D.C. (WFU School of Law News & Events)

October 15, 2015 - Defendant in murder trial is accused of selling woman heroin (Winston-Salem Journal)

October 15, 2015 - New Think Tank Aims to Train, Study Prosecutors (The Wall Street Journal)

October 13, 2015 - The Federalist Society holds U.S. Supreme Court round-up on Oct. 13 (WFU School of Law News & Events)

July 8, 2015 - Why Aren't There More Black Prosecutors? (

July 7, 2015 - White Men Dominate Elected Prosecutor Seats Nationwide; 60% Of States Have No Elected Black Prosecutors (Reuters Online)

June 30, 2015 - Professor Ron Wright speaks in webinar about Criminal Liability of workplace health and safety violations (WFU School of Law News & Events)

June 7, 2015 - Professor Ron Wright presents at the 2015 RCN Understanding Guilty Pleas Symposium (WFU School of Law News & Events)

June 5, 2015 - Professor Ron Wright presents at 2015 AALS New Law Teachers conference (WFU School of Law News & Events)

June 5, 2015 - Professor Ron Wright presents at 2015 National COSH Conference (WFU School of Law News & Events)

May 27, 2015 - Want to end mass incarceration? Stop blindly re-electing your local prosecutor (

April 15, 2015 - Triad law school launches business law program (Triad Business Journal)

February 19, 2015 - Professor Ronald Wright posts'Evidence Laundering: How Herring Made Ignorance the Best Detergent' on SSRN (CrimProf Blog)

February 19, 2015 - Professor Ronald Wright among national experts to discuss the future of plea bargaining at William and Mary Law School on Feb. 20-21 (William & Mary Law School)

January 7, 2015 - The NYPD Slowdown is Working, Let's Keep It (Gothamist)

December 26, 2014 - Program lets Wake Forest students focus on broader issues of criminal law (Winston-Salem Journal)

December 4, 2014 - The NYC Cop Who Strangled Eric Garner to Death Is Free Thanks to a Legal Flaw. Here's How Voters Can Fix It. (The New Republic)

December 4, 2014 - The Eric Garner Case Exposes a Huge Problem With How We Prosecute Police Officers (Mic)

December 3, 2014 - The NYC Cop Who Strangled Eric Garner to Death Is Free Thanks to a Legal Flaw. Here's How Voters Can Fix It. (New Republic)

September 15, 2014 - Professor Ron Wright resumes role as executive associate dean for academic affairs (WFU School of Law News & Events)

September 15, 2014 - Bloodletting could be in store for Mississippi drivers at DUI checkpoints (Mississippi Watchdog)

August 27, 2014 - Wake Forest welcomes interim dean (North Carolina Lawyers Weekly)

July 31, 2014 - Relationship between Wake Forest Law, Kosovo Deepens (Business Journal of the Triad)

July 3, 2014 - Professor Ron Wright heads to Kosovo to help form new sentencing laws (WFU School of Law News & Events)

June 19, 2014 - Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Suzanne Reynolds ('77) named interim dean of Wake Forest Law (WFU School of Law News & Events)

May 6, 2014 - Professor Ron Wright tells NPR DA campaigns often make it difficult for voters to make ideological differences among candidates (Nashville Public Radio)

December 3, 2013 - A Criminal Debt -- Podcast Episode 22 (Life of the Law)

September 12, 2013 - The DA who's staying put, with the help of generous donors (New York World)

July 10, 2013 - State law favors acts of self defense like Reidsville shooting (Greensboro News and Record)

June 26, 2013 - DA: No Investigation of Asheville Police Chief (Asheville Citizen-Times)

February 25, 2013 - Law and Policy Journal to host'Finality in Sentencing' symposium on Friday, April 5 (WFU School of Law News & Events)

February 12, 2013 - Winston-Salem police officers sends text message while on witness stand (Winston-Salem Journal)

January 11, 2013 - Supreme Court case to impact state (Winston-Salem Journal)

April 23, 2012 - Edwards arrives at court for trial (Fox Network News)

April 22, 2012 - Former presidential hopeful John Edwards faces trial (Reuters News Service)

April 12, 2012 - Jury Selection in John Edwards Campaign Finance Trial (Fox News Network)

March 24, 2012 - Deadly Force Debate Rages After Florida Case (Winston-Salem Journal)

March 24, 2012 - Plea Bargain Cases Called 'Big' (Winston-Salem Journal)

March 23, 2012 - Stronger Hand for Judges in the Bazaar of Plea Deals (New York Times)

January 31, 2012 - After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS (NewsCore)

January 20, 2012 - Probation Pays Off for Prosecutors (Wall Street Journal)

January 13, 2012 - Man's DWI Charge Dismissed (Winston-Salem Journal)

December 3, 2011 - Foes of NC death penalty law press case on paroles (Associated Press)

November 17, 2011 - Master storyteller: Criminal defense attorney Wade Smith shares his stories as part of"Conversation With …" series (WFU School of Law News & Events)

October 17, 2011 - Appeals court upholds murder conviction in chase that killed officer (Wilmington Star-News)

September 28, 2011 - Law Review presents'Community Prosecution and Community Defense' as its fall symposium on Nov. 4 (WFU School of Law News & Events)

September 27, 2011 - Court to consider appeal of murder conviction related to officer's death (Wilmington Star-News)

September 26, 2011 - Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors (New York Times)

July 4, 2011 - Judge rules police stop was invalid, charges dropped against man (Winston-Salem Journal)

June 30, 2011 - US prisoners sentenced under strict crack cocaine laws get relief (Christian Science Monitor)

April 29, 2011 - Article of Interest (Evidence Prof Blog)

March 14, 2011 - Alford Pleas (Fox 8 Greensboro)

March 4, 2011 - Scholars beyond borders (Wake Forest News)

February 25, 2011 - Ex-Defense Team in Zahra Baker's Death Took Evidence (Raleigh News and Observer)

December 16, 2010 - Faculty News and Notes Winter 2011 (WFU School of Law News & Events)

November 12, 2010 - Husband of Murder Victim Testifies at Penalty Phase (Winston-Salem Journal)

November 4, 2010 - Law Firms Plan Merger (Winston-Salem Journal)

August 12, 2010 - Probe of SBI clouds water (Winston-Salem Journal)

July 11, 2010 - DWI cases back up courts after ruling (Winston-Salem Journal)

June 4, 2010 - Guest blogger (Prawfsblawg)

May 7, 2010 - Forsyth Judge Censures Lawyer Over Trial Conduct (Winston-Salem Journal)

May 6, 2010 - Anthony Pierce Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder (Wilmington Star-News)

April 24, 2010 - Man's trial in cop's death set to begin (Wilmington Star News)

April 10, 2010 - Nominee likely to face fight, 3 WFU profs say (Winston-Salem Journal)

April 8, 2010 - Convicted child pornographer plans to appeal $1.7 million judgment for victims (Wilmington Star News)

March 13, 2010 - Carter Sentenced (Winston-Salem Journal)

March 3, 2010 - Comment on Keith Carter Trial (WFDD)

March 2, 2010 - Comment on Keith Carter Trial (WFMY)

February 11, 2010 - Why is Criminal Justice Only Partially Privatized? (

December 22, 2009 - Judge: Police Acted Properly (Winston-Salem Journal)

December 14, 2009 - Voters often underinformed in DA contests (Waco Tribune-Herald)

December 13, 2009 - Data offer clues on McLennan County district attorney's performance (Waco Tribune-Herald)

November 24, 2009 - Hutchins rejects criticism; Judge fires right back at Keith (Winston-Salem Journal)

October 14, 2009 - Man gets plea deal; Victim's family objects to 3-year prison term in '08 shooting death (Winston-Salem Journal)

August 18, 2009 - Turner takes stand: He says he, wife grew apart as their interests diverged (Winston-Salem Journal)

July 7, 2009 - Two quit Carter case: Attorneys found that they had a conflict of interest (Winston-Salem Journal)

May 28, 2009 - Thumbs Up: Area Judge, Law Professors Approve of Obama's Supreme Court Nominee (Winston-Salem Journal)

February 23, 2009 - How Prosecutor Elections Fail Us (Overlawyered: Chronicling the high cost of our legal system)

February 16, 2009 - Ron Wright testifies at United States Sentencing Commission hearings (WFU School of Law News & Events)

May 1, 2008 - Human Frailties of Legal System Get Attention (Winston-Salem Chronicle)

July 1, 2007 - Morant Announces Administrative Appointments (WFU School of Law News & Events)