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States Shifting Their Stance on the Death Penalty Reflects the Growing Trend Towards Abolishing Capital Punishment

  By: Brandon Schall, Staff Writer   Currently, 30 states have capital punishment laws for certain crimes.[1] In recent years, four state legislatures, have abolished their death penalty and replaced it with life imprisonment, those states include, New Mexico (2009), Illinois (2011), Connecticut (2012), and Maryland (2013).[2] Additionally, Nebraska’s legislature […]

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Juror Anonymity and the El Chapo Trial

By: Amanda Leonard, Staff Writer   During jury selection for the recent El Chapo trial, one juror broke down crying in front of the judge, claiming coworkers identified her as a potential juror and she feared that public identification would follow suit.[1] The judge had previously granted requests from prospective […]

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The Resignation of a United Nations’ International Criminal Court Judge Sheds Light on the Current Relationship Between the United States and the International Criminal Court

  By: Elizabeth Dorn, Staff Writer   Recently, Christoph Flügge, a senior judge at one of the United Nations’ International Criminal Court (ICC), made international headlines when he resigned from his position citing political interference from Turkey and the United States.[1]  Flügge, a German judge who had been a judge […]

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Juris Magazine Winter 2019

Juris Magazine Winter 2019

This winter, Juris Feature Writers brought a diverse batch of fascinating articles discussing fracking and trespass, contentious international affairs, fashion law’s new defense mechanism, and hyper-politicized social behavior. We took to the skies exploring whether the provision allowing private suit under the Federal Tort Claims Act applies to airport Transportation […]

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How in the World Anti-Vaccination Became a Movement

  By: Jen Carter, Web Editor   Within the past ten years, an old movement gained new momentum on social media sites and blogs urging parents to refrain from vaccinating their young children. Parents appeared to lead the movement, with many spreading the debunked rumor that vaccines cause autism, spearheaded […]

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Immigration Court Backlog Surpasses One Million Cases

By: Margaret Potter, Staff Writer   Two years after taking office, the Trump administration enforced quotas on immigration judges in 2018 requiring each judge “…to clear seven hundred cases a year or get docked points on their performance evaluations.”[1] In addition to this burden on immigration judges, then Attorney General […]

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