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Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

 

 

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

 

 

The Lies we tell Underprivileged Communities: The Façade of the Community Redevelopment Agency in the City of South Miami

 

 

by: Brittany Thomas Marshall Williamson is a neighborhood in within the City of South Miami. The area is named after Marshall Williamson, an early African-American settler of South Florida. [1] The neighborhood is one of the first African-American communities in South Florida and maintains the African-American heritage today. In 1997, after years of neglect, the […]

 

 

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Discretion and Discrimination: Civil Citations versus Arrests for Marijuana Possession

 

 

by: Regan Woodbury On June 30th, 2015 Miami-Dade commissioners voted “to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering—by issuing a citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal justice system.”[1] The measure passed by a 10-3 margin and allows for this arrest-alternative in possession […]

 

 

The Lies we tell Underprivileged Communities: The Façade of the Community Redevelopment Agency in the City of South Miami

 

 

by: Brittany Thomas Marshall Williamson is a neighborhood in within the City of South Miami. The area is named after Marshall Williamson, an early African-American settler of South Florida. [1] The neighborhood is one of the first African-American communities in South Florida and maintains the African-American heritage today. In 1997, after years of neglect, the […]

 

 

A Sweeping Ban Causes Tension Within Federal Government

 

 

by: Roman Sarangoulis With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump’s Executive Order established a ban on immigrants seeking refuge in America.[1] The Executive Order will be suspending the entry of all refugees attempting to enter the United States for 120 days.[2] Syrian refugees specifically will be barred indefinitely, and entry into the United […]

 

 

A Fatal Inconsistency: The Heavy Burden of Showing Purposeful Discrimination

 

 

by: Christina Robinson This blog post attempts to shed light on a fatal inconsistency in criminal law. Under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, Americans have the right to be free from purposeful discrimination based on race. Yet it is easier for defendants to succeed in making an Equal Protection claim in the context of […]

 

 

Evening the Playing Field between Insurance Companies and the Insured

 

 

by: Alex Ponce Insurance companies, such as Allstate, AIG, and State Farm, have earned reputations as aggressive claims fighters and will always attempt to find ways to deny payment of claims.[1] For example, Farmers Insurance, the nation’s third largest insurance group, had an incentive program called “Quest for Gold,” which offered incentives to adjusters who […]

 

 

 

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