Imani Gandy

Senior Legal Analyst

@AngryBlackLady

Imani is a senior legal analyst for Rewire.News, where she covers law and courts and co-hosts Rewire.News’ podcast Boom! Lawyered. Imani also began and continues to write the Angry Black Lady Chronicles.

Imani is a recovering attorney turned award-winning journalist and political blogger. Previously, Imani founded Angry Black Lady Chronicles, winner of the 2010 Black Weblog Award for Blog to Watch and the 2012 Black Weblog Award for Best Political Blog. She received her JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2001, where she was a Hardy Cross Dillard scholar and an Editorial Board member of the University of Virginia Law Review. She has presented at several conferences and panels, including the 2013 Abortion Care Network as the Keynote Speaker; the 2014 Baffler Conference; the 2016 YBCA 100 Summit; the 2016 PPFA 100th Anniversary at the Brooklyn Historical Society; the 2018 SXSW Panel “If Roe Were to Go”; the 2018 plenary for National Abortion Federation’s annual meeting; and the 2018 Affect Conference as the Keynote Speaker. Boom! Lawyered won Podcast of the Year in 2017 from the Population Institute.

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Boom! Lawyered: Trump Judge Approves Manslaughter Charges for Pregnancy Loss

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Recently, the ultra-conservative 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated an involuntary manslaughter charge against a Native woman from Sisseton, South Dakota. That charge is based on allegations that she ingested illegal drugs while pregnant, resulting in the death of her newborn. Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain why this decision is an alarming escalation of the anti-choice efforts to establish fetal personhood and punish people for their pregnancy outcomes.

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Boom! Lawyered: There Are Concentration Camps for Kids at the Border. Is Any of This Legal?

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Last week, a Department of Justice lawyer stunned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals when she argued that it is “safe and sanitary” to confine immigrant children for indefinite periods of time without basic needs like soap or toothbrushes. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the legal framework meant to protect these children and how the Trump administration intends to dismantle it.

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Boom! Lawyered: This Case Could Define Transgender Rights for a Generation

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that policies targeting transgender people are sex-based discrimination that must meet heightened scrutiny to be constitutional. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo evaluate this important—but qualified—win for transgender rights and what it means for those rights in the future.

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Boom! Lawyered: Clarence Thomas Just Declared War on Your Birth Control

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that a provision of an Indiana law mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains could take effect. At the same time, it blocked a separate provision of the Indiana law banning abortions based on the race, sex, or disability of a fetus. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain Tuesday’s decision, Justice Clarence Thomas’s opinion equating modern-day family planning with eugenics, and signals from the Court’s conservatives that access to birth control is in their crosshairs.

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Boom! Lawyered: What a Challenge to ‘Roe’ Will Actually Look Like

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Conservative lawmakers are passing total and near-total abortion bans with the explicit hope that they will be used to overturn Roe v. Wade. But how would that work, exactly? In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain the arguments that would fuel a legal challenge to Roe and how a bad decision could then be used to attack state laws protecting abortion rights.

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Boom! Lawyered: The Supreme Court Just Trashed 40 Years of Precedent and Sounded the Alarm for ‘Roe’

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Franchise Board of California v. Hyatt may not be the most important case of the Supreme Court term, but the fallout from the Court's decision to overturn decades of precedent could have major ramifications for Roe v. Wade. In fact, Justice Stephen Breyer sounded the alarm himself in his dissenting opinion. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain what happened and what it could mean for abortion rights, marriage equality, and more.

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Boom! Lawyered: How Georgia and Kansas Reveal the Future Battleground for Abortion Rights

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The near total ban on abortion recently passed in Georgia contrasts sharply with the landmark decision in Kansas declaring abortion to be a natural right. In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explore which of those paths other states are likely to follow and the number-one reason there's still hope for abortion rights in the United States.

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Boom! Lawyered: The Master Plan to Dismantle LGBTQ Rights Is in Its Endgame

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear three cases that could determine what, if any, protections LGBTQ employees have from job discrimination. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain what it means that the Court agreed to hear all three cases together and how the effects of a bad ruling could extend into housing and health-care discrimination.

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Boom! Lawyered: If You’re a Rapper, Your Lyrics Can Send You to Jail

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss the case of Jamal Knox, a young rapper who was convicted for terroristic threats and witness intimidation based on the lyrics of his music. When are words “true threats,” and when are they protected free speech? And why do most court cases on speech seem to be decided in whichever direction benefits white Christian patriarchy?

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Boom! Lawyered: ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Isn’t a Thing, but the Roberts Court Might Disagree

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to take a case that would give school districts the ability to affirmatively discriminate against transgender students. Boom! Lawyered hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain how a bad decision in this case could enshrine the bogus concept of "reverse discrimination" into law, putting even more rights—and lives—at risk.

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Boom! Lawyered: Mailbag Edition

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy answer listener questions across a range of important issues. Where can we find hope for the future of reproductive rights? How soon will people feel the impact of so many recent ultra-conservative judges appointed to the lower courts? And what beverage pairs well with a delicious criminal indictment? Listen and subscribe to find out.

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Boom! Lawyered: A Dude Is Suing an Alabama Abortion Clinic for ‘Wrongful Death’…of an Embryo

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Ryan Magers is suing the Alabama Women's Center for wrongful death because his girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, got an abortion—with the consent of her parents—against Magers's wishes. How is this even possible? And how does this case fit into the ongoing anti-choice campaign for "fetal personhood?" Boom! Lawyered hosts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo have those answers and more. 

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Boom! Lawyered: Federal Funding to Discriminate Against LGBTQ and Non-Christian Families?

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

In several states, there are evangelical adoption and foster care agencies trying to keep federal funding while refusing to place children in LGBTQ or non-Christian families—and now the Trump administration may help them. Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy break down who's behind these discriminatory efforts and what they mean for kids and parents around the country. 

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Boom! Lawyered: The John Roberts Abortion Conundrum…Resolved?

Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

Last night, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block an anti-choice law in Louisiana from taking effect while it is being challenged in the courts. John Roberts was the deciding vote. Yes, you read that correctly. Is this a one-time thing, or does this signal that Roberts is moving to the middle on abortion? And what's next for abortion rights in Louisiana and around the country?

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