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27 04, 2019

A Blind Spot In Miranda Rights: Juveniles’ Lack Of Understanding Regarding Miranda Language

April 27th, 2019|Abstracts, Issues, Latest Articles|0 Comments

By: Wadad Barakat, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Abstract 

Currently, police officers are required to inform suspects in custody of their Miranda rights.  These rights include the right to remain silent, the right to legal counsel, and that anything they say can be used against them.  Because the language of Miranda can be complex for minors, individuals under […]

23 04, 2019

Blown “No Call” Continues To Fly Its Way Into Sports History As Federal Judge Rules Against Upset Fans

April 23rd, 2019|Cases, Sports and Entertainment Law|0 Comments

By: Jesse Ochoa, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

One call, or blown call, can change an entire game; but one ruling by a court can’t change that call. After a heartbreaking 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the New Orleans Saints, mainly its fan base, has filed […]

19 04, 2019

In This Case, Probable Cause Just Doesn’t Matter

April 19th, 2019|Cases, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, First Amendment|0 Comments

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

Though usually the centerpiece and deciding factor in many cases, “Probable Cause” does not necessarily apply all the time, even without an exception. Sometimes, it just does not matter. One such situation is that of retaliatory arrests. This concept was […]

16 04, 2019

Why are Public Defenders Viewed as Insiders of the Justice System?

April 16th, 2019|Criminal Law, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments

By: Jennifer Francisco, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, indigent defenders have developed a belief that public defenders (“PD’s”) do not adequately represent their clients. This raises the question of where does this distrust arise from? Why are private defense attorneys found to be more trustworthy, despite […]

11 04, 2019

The Ultra Music Festival Empire vs. the Amateur Rapture Music Festival: Who will Sink or Swim on Virginia Key Beach Park?

April 11th, 2019|Cases, Contracts, Florida|0 Comments

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

Two electronic-dance music festivals are promoting and hosting their respective events on identical weekends, at the same waterfront location in Miami. However, the venue is only suitable for one. The conflict arose after Ultra Music Festival was relocated to Virginia Key, being […]

9 04, 2019

The Choice is Yours: Medical Marijuana Card or Second Amendment Right

April 9th, 2019|Criminal Law, Fifth Amendment, Gun Rights|0 Comments

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

In April 2018, Matthew Rowan, a medical physician licensed in Pennsylvania, went to his local gun store to purchase a revolver for self-defense. Upon inquisition by the seller, Dr. Rowan stated he had a medical marijuana prescription to help treat his […]

28 03, 2019

Taking Congress by Storm: If You Do Not Know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, You Do Now

March 28th, 2019|Trending|0 Comments

By: Jeremy Skinner, Managing Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; better known as “AOC”, is a twenty-nine-year-old rookie member of Congress representing the 14th congressional district, that has garnered large media attention for a variety of reasons. While some news outlets have focused on her attire as she […]

27 03, 2019

Unhealthy Silence: Why Members of the Legal Profession Need to Open Up About Mental Health

March 27th, 2019|Mental Health, Professionalism; Ethics, Social Issues|0 Comments

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

“The legal profession is at a crossroads. Our members, our colleagues, our friends are suffering. It is our duty as lawyers and human beings to help.” These words, spoken by Bob Carlson, the 2018-2019 President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), could […]

26 03, 2019

Grubhub Might Promote Happy Eating, But Not Happy Drivers.

March 26th, 2019|Business, Cases, Employment Law|0 Comments

By: Christina Trueba, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Many of us are familiar with convenient online and app services like Postmates, Uber, Airbnb, and Grubhub, just to name a few. These companies follow a gig economy employment model. A gig economy “refers to a general workforce […]

25 03, 2019

The First Step Towards Criminal Justice Reform

March 25th, 2019|Criminal Law, Executive Branch, Federal Law|0 Comments

By: Wadad Barakat, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In December 2018, the Senate finally passed and President Trump signed “The First Step Act.”  This a major win in order to end mass incarceration, making it the first major reduction to federal drug sentences.  The First Step Act includes […]