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    Running on Fumes: Alabama’s Method of Execution Amendment Continues to Create Novel Litigation

    November 18, 2022By Frank Vilaboy

    At 9:25 PM on September 22, 2022, Alan Eugene Miller was informed that the U.S. Supreme Court, in an opinion devoid of explanatory reasoning, had overturned two lower courts and allowed the State of Alabama to proceed with his execution. The state would spend between 60 and 90 minutes that night trying to insert a […]

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    The Safety Valve: Does “And” Mean “Or”?

    November 4, 2022By Robert A. Lawlor

    The meaning of the word “and” currently confounds our federal courts.  The seventh, eighth, ninth, and eleventh circuits have all issued opinions regarding the meaning of the word “and” in a particular federal statute, 18 U.S.C. section 3553(f)(1); however, the eleventh circuit recently vacated its panel opinion in United States v. Garcon to reconsider, en […]

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    All About that Bass? Well, there could be Trouble: Concerns regarding Florida’s New Loud Music Law

    October 3, 2022By Carly Athanasatos

    An all too familiar scenario: you’re stopped at a red light when you begin to feel the approaching thuds of a stereo system being used passed its capacity. As the thuds grow louder, you recognize the rhythmic beats of music but cannot decipher which vehicle around you emits such loud sounds. Until you see, from […]

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    Balancing Florida’s War on Drugs with Constitutional Constraints

    March 29, 2022By Andrew Tuma-Waku

    On February 24, 2022, the Florida House voted and approved HB 95, which would make it easier for prosecutors to charge drug dealers with first-degree murder when a consumer suffers a fatal overdose.[i] This new bill was introduced to combat Florida’s ongoing war on drugs, as well as to deter drug dealers who “profit off […]

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