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Lethal Injection or Lethal Litigation: Florida’s Amended Lethal Injection Protocol Opens the Door for Cries of Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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

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Capital punishment in the United States and its tolerability as a constitutional form of punishment has long been recognized and debated over since its inception.  In Florida, lethal injection has been the primary method of execution since the 1990s. In […]

February 11th, 2019|Abstracts, Featured Home, Florida, Issues, Latest Articles|0 Comments

Defending Self-Defense: Why Florida Should Follow the Eleven States That Already Allow for Campus Carry

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

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Most states have allowed for their citizens to carry concealed weapons as
long as they become licensed by the state; Florida is one of them. However,
this concealed carry right is limited in that concealed weapon permit holders
are prohibited from carrying on college […]

Where is Florida’s High Court Going? (And Who Will Take Them There?)

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

Article 5, section 8 of the Florida Constitution states, “No justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served.” What this means in practical […]

December 30th, 2018|Blog, Florida, Governments, State|0 Comments

South Florida’s Disastrous Traffic Problem

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

The Sunshine state is the third-most populated state in the country, with a populace that grows at a rate of about one thousand residents per day. This consistent influx of new Floridians has an adverse effect on our already strained traffic patterns. […]

December 30th, 2018|Florida|0 Comments

Airbnb’s Fight with Miami Over Short-Term Rentals Continues

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

In today’s society, Airbnb makes it possible for people to stay virtually everywhere, including right next door in your neighbor’s apartment. However, short-term rentals (less than 28 nights) are causing some problems for Airbnb. Recently, Miami Beach had made it illegal to […]

December 28th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Florida, State, Third DCA|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

Gamblers Hit the Jackpot in Landmark Decision

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

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court struck down federal law that banned sports betting across the nation. The overturn of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act now placed the power with each States legislation to legalize sports gambling within their […]

December 20th, 2018|Cases, Financial, Florida, Governments|0 Comments

Biological Fathers Win Big in a Florida Supreme Court Decision Over a Common Law Rule Regarding Parental Rights

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

On June 28, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida resolved a decades-old conflict between the Florida district courts of appeal over the question of whether a biological father ever has standing to rebut the common law presumption of legitimacy. The presumption of […]

November 19th, 2018|Blog, Family Law, Florida, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Euthanasia on the Opposite End of Corporal Punishment: Hypocritical Standpoint?

By: Ashley Ann Bryan, Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, December 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

With the growth of technology and great advancement of modern-day medicine, there should be a reconsideration of the legality and use of euthanasia. However, there continues to be a reluctance in this regard, while the legality and support of capital punishment […]

November 13th, 2018|Criminal Law, Elder Law, Florida, Human Rights|0 Comments

Falcon v. State: Should the Florida Supreme Court Have Opened the Door for Sentencing Review of Juveniles Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder?

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

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In Florida, and other states across the country, hundreds of juvenile murderers are getting a second chance at having a life outside of prison. These are juveniles who were convicted and sentenced to life in prison decades ago, but because of the […]