February, 2018

Legalization of Marijuana: The Benefits of Federal Legalization

Legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic of debate since the beginning of the 21st century. Many states have passed legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. After the 2016 election, the total number of states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use grew to 28 along with eight states and Washington D.C. that have legalized it in a recreational capacity. This trend has come after a change in the […]

Concerted Activity Standards: Employee Rights at the Employer’s Detriment

Going to work on a daily basis can become a mundane task that employees continually repeat. However, employees rarely stop to think about all of the laws that protect them and give them rights at work. If an employee is injured on their job, they can more than likely rely on workers’ compensation to cover their medical expenses.  Although unable to work, the employee would still be able to receive livable wages. Minimum wage law […]

Merrick Garland and the Stalemate Senate: Does the Senate Owe Nominees A Vote?

On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Immediately after the passing of the iconic justice, there were frenzied media stories regarding who President Obama might pick to replace him, what the Republican-controlled Congress would do, and what the vacancy and subsequent nomination would mean for the cases left on the SCOTUS docket. It didn’t take long for the […]

Revising Standards To Reduce Prosecutorial Misconduct

At first, it was unbelievable.  Then, it was maddening.  But as the days, months, and years piled up, I had to accept it.  It wasn’t fair…but as we all learn, life ain’t fair.” These are the words that Michael Morton used to describe his wrongful conviction and incarceration.  On February 17, 1987, Morton was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison.  The State’s case was simple: “Morton and his wife had […]