Affluenza

“I am not responsible for my behavior because my parents didn’t hold me accountable for my behavior. I never really learned that my untoward actions have consequences. Therefore, I should not be held accountable now—or at least I should be held less accountable than someone who experienced first-hand that undesired behavior has negative consequences.” In […]

Supreme Court to Consider Warrantless Searches of Cell Phones

The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from the government’s unreasonable searches and seizures. In order for authorities to conduct a search, they must first present a magistrate with probable cause and obtain a search warrant that particularly describes the items to be seized. After a lawful arrest, however, police may conduct a search the person and […]

Third Party Mugshot Websites

Our criminal justice system is founded on the concept that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Until an individual confesses to a crime, or until a prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant is guilty of the charges against him, our criminal justice system insists upon innocence. If a defendant is adjudicated not […]

Prosecutorial Misconduct

In the criminal justice system, the prosecutor decides which cases to pursue, which charges to file, and what items get turned over to the defense. Unfortunately, prosecutorial misconduct occurs far too often. In the words of Alan Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law, “Winning has become more important than doing justice. Nobody runs for the […]

New Bill Seeks to Increase Speed Limits in Florida

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes, along with Senator Jeff Clemens, filed a new bill that would raise the speed limit on interstates, highways, and other Florida state roads by five miles per hour. The Florida Department of Transportation would have the authority to determine which roads the speed limit will […]

Medical Marijuana in Florida

After her father refused to illegally take medical marijuana to relieve his symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the founder of People United for Medical Marijuana took action. The group, which launched in 2009, has since started a petition to get the medical marijuana issue on the November 2014 general election ballot. The petition was started in […]

Florida Texting and Driving Ban Could Become a Primary Offense

On Oct. 1, 2013 Florida’s ban on texting while driving went into effect. The new law makes it a secondary offense to be texting while driving, but drivers are still permitted to use their phones to make calls and for navigation purposes. The law also prohibits both sending and reading data “for the purpose of […]