STLR Forum


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

Reformation: The Bad and The Ugly

By: Daniel Joseph Jr., J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

As the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, departs the Whitehouse, President Donald Trump takes the new seat as the 45th President, seeking to immediately implement his ideals. President Trump, who refused to disclose his federal tax returns, now seeks […]

February 24th, 2017|Blog, Issues, Trending|0 Comments

Sovereign Immunity after Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt

By: Ansell Fernandez, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

State sovereign immunity prevents suits against an unconsenting state or its agencies for money damages. This doctrine evolved from an old English law that held “the King can do no wrong.” In Kawananakoa v. Polyblank, Justice Holmes reasoned that sovereign immunity is based “on the logical […]

February 16th, 2017|Blog, Issues, State|0 Comments

The United States Bail System provides Indigent Arrestees Seeking Bail With an Illusory Choice.

By: Ariel Peralta, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

More than thirty years ago, in United States v. Salerno, the Supreme Court proclaimed that “In our society liberty is the norm, and detention prior to trial or without trial is the carefully limited exception.” Today, the presumption of innocence in favor of the accused […]

November 1st, 2016|Blog, Issues|0 Comments