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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 […]

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, […]

Prisoners of the Zip Code: How Single Zip Code Rate-Making Hurts the Public Interest

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

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This comment argues that setting auto insurance rates based on socioeconomic factors from a single ZIP Code, as it is now allowed in Florida, may violate Florida law prohibiting the use of race or national origin in calculating premiums. The comment […]

March 21st, 2018|Abstracts, Cases, Financial, Human Rights, Issues|0 Comments

A Right Without a Remedy: Time Runs Out Before the Right to File Accrues for Successive Habeas Corpus Petitioners

By: Agnieszka Chiapperini, Articles Solicitation Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

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In June of 2015, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of a federal statute as unconstitutional. For the next ten months, District Courts all over the country came to inconsistent conclusions regarding the new decision’s retroactive application.  As a […]

March 14th, 2018|Abstracts, Cases, Criminal Law, Human Rights, Issues|0 Comments

Black & Poor: The Grave Consequences of Utah v. Strieff

By: Chanae Wood, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

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The Supreme Court’s decision in Utah v. Strieff proves to chip away at Fourth Amendment rights, yet again. In Strieff, the Unites States Supreme Court ruled that an arrest warrant is an attenuating circumstance that will purge an illegal stop. This ruling incentivizes […]

Fixing Chicago’s Public School Crisis Could Fix Chicago’s Gun Violence Crisis

By: Chanae Wood, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

There is no secret that the city of Chicago has received ample attention for its gun violence.  However, there is another issue that the city is facing.  One that, arguably, is the root of its high crime rate –its public school funding crisis. […]

March 31st, 2017|Blog, Governments, Issues, State|0 Comments

The End to Preferential Immigration Treatment for Cubans

By: Camilo Valencia, J.D. Candidate, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Obama administration made it an objective to restore diplomatic relationships with the Island of Cuba. During Presidents Obama’s last few years in office, we witnessed his cabinet ease restrictions on the island in an attempt to create more economic opportunities between the US […]

March 28th, 2017|Blog, Immigration, International, Issues|0 Comments

Battle Royal: The Press Versus The Trump Administration

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

There is concern over how much influence Trump’s comments and beliefs of the media have across the globe, particularly in places where controlling, punishing, imprisoning, and implementing fear upon the media is common practice. Examples include imprisonment of journalists in Turkey, “the systematic killings […]

March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Executive Branch, Free Speech, Issues, Trending|0 Comments

Tobacco and Alcohol Purchases on the Same Playing Field

By: Kristin Nay, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

A proposed bill by the Florida Senate is seeking to increase the age to purchase tobacco products. The present statute prevents any person under the age of eighteen years of age from purchasing such products. The increase to twenty-one years old has been approved in […]

March 15th, 2017|Blog, Issues, State|0 Comments

A Conviction That Will Most Likely Never Be EXECUTED.

By: Candice Izaquirre, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On January 6th 2017, Esteban Santiago opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport killing five people and wounding six others in the baggage claim area. Santiago used a 9mm pistol, which he had checked on his flight from Anchorage, Alaska.

A federal grand jury returned […]

March 7th, 2017|Blog, Human Rights, Issues|0 Comments