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#TIMESUP YouTube

By: Elina Rojas, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

With the ever growing expansion of YouTube celebrities and influencers comes a dark side: sexual misconduct.  Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term for actions that are sexual in nature and are conducted without consent. Typically, sexual misconduct involves situations where power dynamics in […]

Does an Unauthorized Driver have a Societal Expectation of Privacy in a Rental Car for Fourth Amendment Rights?

By: Riona Maharaj, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Justice Anthony Kennedy stated, “Asking questions is an essential part of police investigation. In the ordinary sense a police officer is free to ask a person for identification without implicating the Fourth Amendment.” The Fourth Amendment allows an officer to conduct a traffic […]

May 2nd, 2018|Blog, Cases, Criminal Law, Fourth Amendment|0 Comments

Solutions to Ending School Shootings Requires Sacrifices Most Americans Are Unwilling to Make

By: Kristen Chirino, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Once again, the nation is faced with yet another school shooting.  On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School opened fire in the hallways after pulling the fire alarm, killing seventeen people, fourteen students and three faculty. […]

May 1st, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Gun Rights, Trending|0 Comments

Like Father, Like (Grand)son: A Virginia Man is Arrested and Charged After Impregnating his Biological Twenty Year Old Daughter

By: Cynthia Ventura, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In 1998, Steven Walter Pladl and his then wife had a baby girl, Katie Rose, who was later adopted out-of-state. When Katie turned eighteen, she turned to social media in an attempt to locate her biological parents. After successfully finding them and communicating for […]

April 26th, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Family Law|0 Comments

Pressures Stemming from Florida’s Death Penalty Could Lead to the United States Supreme Court

By: Luis A. Garcia Jr., J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In 2016, the United States Supreme Court in Hurst v. Florida held Florida’s sentencing scheme was unconstitutional because it gave more power to the judges rather than the juries. “The Sixth Amendment requires a jury, not a judge, to find each fact […]

April 25th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Criminal Law, Florida|0 Comments

Cell Site Location Information and the Fourth Amendment

By: Franklin Sandrea-Rivero, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On November 29, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Carpenter v. United States. This case arose out of a series of robberies involving the theft of hundreds of cellphones. But the issue in this case was not […]

Plead Guilty, Lose Your Rights?

By: Jamie Mathis, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

If a criminal defendant pleads guilty, can he challenge the constitutionality of the statute he is convicted under?  Does a defendant waive his right to this challenge after he pleads guilty?  Does that right have to be explicitly preserved in his plea agreement?  These […]

April 16th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Criminal Law, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Death with Dignity Act: Oregon’s Merciful Law

By: Jennifer Garcia, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Whether terminally ill patients have a right to end their life, and thereby their pain and suffering, has been debated for ages.  In the United States, the practice of physician-assisted death is prohibited in most states by either an express statute or application […]

April 9th, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Governments, Human Rights|0 Comments

Time Is Most Definitely Up

By: Jacqueline Rosado, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Less than a year ago, on October 5, 2017, a scandal was revealed big enough to make waves not only on a national, but global scale. There is no better way than to identify the “monster” behind this scandal as Harvey Weinstein, […]

Second Amendment? Or Second Guessing?

By: Victor Gabuardi, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Second Amendment guarantees that a “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  This constitutional protection has caused extreme outrage in America […]