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Month: July 2013

Criminal Law Implications of Recent Memory Reliability Study

The successes and failures of human memory as a reliable source of information have great impacts on the criminal justice system. When prosecution or criminal defense teams ask any given witness or defendant about events that may or may not have occurred in the past, the recollections given can either help to convict or acquit an accused …

How Can Florida Improve its Correction System?

Florida has always been a state with a high number of offenders, resulting in either state or federal incarceration. Even with Florida’s tough drug laws, 88 percent of those would be released, and the recidivism rate was one in three that would return within three years. In 2009, the state inmate population reached over 100,000 …

Florida Changes DUI Administrative Hearing Process

As of July 1, 2013 Florida drivers arrested for DUI will face a hard choice. For the longest time, DUI suspects would face an administrative suspension of their license from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicle Review. A driver could challenge the suspension with or without a lawyer at a formal review hearing. If a Florida driver …

Protests Commence at Capitol Hill

The much controversial trial of George Zimmerman ended on July 12, 2013 when a jury of six acquitted Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s defense throughout the trial self-defense, built originally on the Stand Your Ground law. The verdict created as much controversy as the trial, and the effects were felt throughout Florida …

Each Traffic Stop Holds Potential Harm

When you have someone who does not respect the system that is designed to protect the citizens in Orlando, then they are subject to the consequences. On Tuesday, 23 year old, Demetrius Patterson was denied bond after shooting an Orlando police officer in the abdomen after being pulled over for reckless driving in the Washington Shores area. …

The Future of Gun Laws in Florida

The state of Florida has always been at the top of the list for the number of criminal offenders that are convicted and serving time in prison. Florida has many gun laws, not necessarily strict, which has caused non-violent offenders to have sentences that are 167 percent over the national average. The gun laws in …

Prosecution Rests in George Zimmerman Trial

On Friday July 5, the racially charged trial of George Zimmerman came to the end of the third week. This was a week of drama and conflicting testimonies that the six-woman jury must evaluate. The Controversial 911 Tape The 911 tape from the night of Trayvon Martin’s death was played over nine times during the …

Another Fourth of July on Its Way

Fourth of July Weekend With the 4th of July only a few days away, people are planning their first holiday of the summer. Memorial Day and Labor Day are also huge holidays that bracket summer vacations, but Independence Day is a nationwide holiday where most families are off school and work. Since the Fourth falls …

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