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Are Laws Allowing Terrorists and Criminals to Slip Through Intelligence Agencies’ Fingertips?

By: Idelys Martinez, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

United States intelligence agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) often find themselves under high scrutiny and criticism by our nation. However, is the blame and criticism warranted? Following what seems to be almost every terrorist […]

March 13th, 2017|Blog, International, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Federal Arbitration Act and Displacement of State Contract Law

By: Curtis Wuster, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Federal Courts have traditionally deferred to the states in the area of contract law. However, one area where federal courts are beginning to create and develop their own interpretation of contract law is in regards to arbitration agreements. Arbitration requires any legal dispute arising […]

November 16th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Florida’s Unyielding Federal Disenfranchisement Policy

By: Jessica Vega, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Under Florida law, federal out of state offenders must seek clemency from Florida’s clemency office, even if their voting rights were previously restored in another state. To qualify for clemency in Florida, the ex-felon must complete his or her entire sentence. Additionally, the ex-felon […]

November 14th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Swift v. Kardashian & West: Whether Making Swift “Famous” Was Worth the Lawsuit

By: Amanda Spencer, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The recent celebrity feud between Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift has many people speculating on whether Taylor could successfully bring a lawsuit against the couple. The feud originated when Kanye released the song “Famous” which refers to Taylor as “that bitch,” and […]

November 11th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are Racial Comments Made During Jury Deliberations Grounds for a New Trial?

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

Is eliminating discrimination during jury deliberations more important than a federal rule of evidence? People face discrimination in many ways and in different aspects of life, but this especially should not be the case in our criminal justice system when a defendant’s conviction depends on […]

October 20th, 2016|Blog, Trending, Uncategorized|0 Comments