Joshua Cooper, a Florida resident, was only eight weeks away
from his dream of serving his country in the military when he made a mistake that would haunt him for the rest of his life. At the
age of 18, after a few minor scrapes with the police, he wrote a bad check at a bank.
The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution reads, No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put
in jeopardy of life or limb. As interpreted by the Supreme Court,
this provision bars multiple prosecutions by entities with the same
sovereignty, but allows multiple prosecutions when initiated by entities where “the same act may be an offense or transgression of the laws of both.
For more than 150 years, women have had the daunting task of
arguing the legitimacy of our obligation and ability to participate
in the protection and defense of this country. In fact, it was only
the increasing demand of manpower of World War II that compelled Congress to allow women to pursue noncombatant military roles.
E Pluribus Unum captured the new republic’s spirit of tolerance, solidarity, and nationalism. E Pluribus Unum,
om President Obama’s 2004 Keynote Address, was the national
de facto motto of the United States until it was replaced by a formal motto in 1956 by an act of Congress adopting “In God We Trust.”
hen it comes to serving national security in the digital age, the
role that technology companies are playing has become more and more critical, presenting a challenge for the U.S. Government, in finding a way of reconciling the public interest for national security, as well as technology companies’ private interest for privacy and independence.
Over the course of the past 40 years, public sentiment surrounding marijuana legalization has grown tremendously. While it took almost fifty years for marijuana proponents to go from being in the minority to the majority, the past decade and a half has been perhaps the most important. Between 2010 and 2013, public support rose a staggering eleven percent. Accompanying the change in perception are state and local laws that reflect a growing tolerance for the drug—especially in the medicinal realm.
The right to engage in the free exchange of ideas and speak one’s mind free from government interference is a fundamental right granted by the First Amendment. However, this right is not absolute. There are certain categories of speech that the government is free to regulate. The focus of this Note will examine the true threat doctrine exception and its codification under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), which criminalizes the act of sending threatening messages through interstate commerce. This Note will also examine the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Elonis v. United States, and discuss the two important questions that still remain. First, whether section 875(c) can be satisfied with a showing of recklessness, and second, whether Congress intended to include a requirement for the speaker to intend to threaten.
In today’s day in age, technology has found its role as the driving force behind innovative procedures aimed to deter crime. From surveillance cameras to dash-mounted video cameras, technological innovation has continually shaped law enforcement policies and procedures. Body-worn camera (BWC) systems serve as the most recent technological innovation with the capacity to reshape policing. BWCs can serve as a tool to aid in the reduction of exposure to litigation and unwarranted citizens’ complaints by promoting transparency and accountability. Both law enforcement and local communities stand to benefit from the deployment of BWCs. This article examines recent publications pertaining to BWCs, the existing usage of BWCs, and recent events pointing to the necessity of immediate BWC employment. Ultimately, this article supports the implementation and deployment of BWCs by police departments by emphasizing the benefits of recording interactions with police, while remaining neutral, yet aware of the downfalls.
This article discusses the controversial "Right to Try" Laws enacted after the D.C. Court of Appeals held that terminally ill patients hace a constitutional right to access experimental drug treatments. The author reports the historical background, practical problems with these laws, and includes proposals that try to fix these problems.
This article discusses the issues faced with Debtors' Prisons, a truly ancient method of punishment for people who do not pay their debts (and a likely origin for the Lannisters' catch-phrase). The author discusses how peonage is this day and age has delibitating ramifications, and also addresses the reforms states have used to combat modern-day debt servitude.
This article exposes the hot button issue of physicial assited suicide from a legal perspective by discussing the history of the laws addressing this issue in the United States as well as other countries. The author also explains in great detail certain chronic progressive medical conditions to give a better understanding of a patients' desire for physician-assisted suicide, and legally what should be done.