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Why are Public Defenders Viewed as Insiders of the Justice System?

By: Jennifer Francisco, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, indigent defenders have developed a belief that public defenders (“PD’s”) do not adequately represent their clients. This raises the question of where does this distrust arise from? Why are private defense attorneys found to be more trustworthy, despite […]

April 16th, 2019|Criminal Law, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments

The Choice is Yours: Medical Marijuana Card or Second Amendment Right

By: Jessica Alvarez, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In April 2018, Matthew Rowan, a medical physician licensed in Pennsylvania, went to his local gun store to purchase a revolver for self-defense. Upon inquisition by the seller, Dr. Rowan stated he had a medical marijuana prescription to help treat his […]

April 9th, 2019|Criminal Law, Fifth Amendment, Gun Rights|0 Comments

The First Step Towards Criminal Justice Reform

By: Wadad Barakat, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In December 2018, the Senate finally passed and President Trump signed “The First Step Act.”  This a major win in order to end mass incarceration, making it the first major reduction to federal drug sentences.  The First Step Act includes […]

Will Florida’s Supreme Court Stand for Self-Defense?

By: Tahimi Magrans, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The highly criticized “Stand Your Ground Law” is up to the Florida Supreme Court. However, the question before the Court is not whether it is constitutional but whether it applies to cases retroactively that were pending at the time the statute became […]

December 27th, 2018|Cases, Criminal Law, Evidence|0 Comments

Stand Your Ground: Florida Is Your Castle

By: Steven Waldman, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Florida statute § 776.012(2) has been a subject of controversy since its enactment in 2005. The statute commonly referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” law, states that “ person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he […]

December 27th, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Florida, State, Web Exclusives|0 Comments

A Dispute Over a Parking Space: Retreat to Safety or Shoot to Kill?

By: Shameequa Buxton, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law

Who would ever imagine that a simple dispute over a parking space would end in death. During summer 2018 in Clearwater, Florida Michael Drejka (“Drejka”) shot and killed Markeis McGlockton (“McGlockton”), after Drejka became upset when McGlockton parked his vehicle in […]

December 23rd, 2018|Cases, Criminal Law|0 Comments

Battered Women Syndrome as a sub-category of Self Defense

By: Jennifer Francisco, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, there has been discussion as to whether the Battered Women Syndrome (“BWS”) should be included within the affirmative defense of self-defense. BWS is a defense implemented to protect women being physically and emotionally abused by their aggressor.

The Battered Women […]

December 19th, 2018|Criminal Law, Mental Health, Social Issues|0 Comments

Law and Disorder: The Movement to End Rape Kit Backlogging

By: Lauren Cabrera, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Twenty-three-year-old Melissa Souto walked into the hospital with her parents by her side. Eye contact was avoided, and the feeling of shame consumed her. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner walked out and called Melissa to enter the examining room.  The nurse’s kind demeanor […]

December 17th, 2018|Criminal Law, Evidence|0 Comments

Shouldn’t Criminal Justice Live Up to Its Name? A Call to Forego Felony Murder and Consider Felony Manslaughter.

By: Jikky Thankachan, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

At just sixteen years old, A’Donte Washington was shot four times and killed by an anonymous police officer. The officer will face no consequence for this murder, but another person will. Washington’s friend Lakeith Smith, who was only 15 at the time […]

A Botched Medical Review System

By: Riona Maharaj, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, December 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

You go into the hospital for a forty-five-minute surgery to alleviate your chronic back pain, the result of being a truck driver for nearly two decades. As you awaken from the anesthesia you hear the panicked medical staff around you. They are […]

November 20th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Criminal Law, Health Law, Torts, Trending|0 Comments