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U.S. Courts Handed Over Nine Big Wins for Equality in 2021

A series of high-profile cases brought justice for victims of racial inequality, sexual misconduct and abuse. 

George Floyd Killer Derek Chauvin Found Guilty On All Three Charges
Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

If 2020 was the year of the protest, 2021 brought some long-awaited justice to victims. The U.S. courts this year handed down multiple convictions against police officers, including Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis cop that murdered George Floyd and sparked global protests for racial equality. Victims of sex trafficking and abuse also finally saw their days in court. And, Britney Spears, is finally free. 

Not every high-profile case brought the country closer to equality. The courts heard arguments for anti-abortion laws and reversed or undermined long-existing protections, such as the 1965 Voting Rights Act.