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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 […]

The Death Penalty: Mentally Ill Men Are Executed; Mentally Ill Women Are Committed

Scott Wesley Buchholtz- Sanchez (“Baby Scott”) was born on June 30, 2009. She was studying to be a pharmacy technician. Baby Scott lived for just three and a half weeks.  On July 25, 2009, Otty took a knife and dismembered Baby Scott. She chewed off three of his little toes, severed his head, and ripped out his brains; there is evidence that she even ate some of his brains.  The scene was so gruesome that first […]

Red Light, Green Light: The Evil Yet Ever-Existing Intersection of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the Foster Care System

The institution of slavery has long been abolished in the United States with the enactment of the Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Yet an evil deeply rooted in the core of slavery continues to plague our nation, erode away our morals and values, and deprive our children of a life that springs forth with youthful innocence.  Here we are today, and the wrong still exists in the form of modern day slavery. The term […]

The Lack of Trust in A Trust Relationship: Indian Affairs and the Federal Government

Imagine if the government controlled everything you owned, everything you loved. “Imagine if the government were responsible for looking after your best interests.” Imagine if the government mismanaged your assets and land, holding you within the reach of poverty and subpar health. This nightmare is the reality for many American Indians, and their only option is to play the hand that is dealt to them by the government. Photo source: The U.S. National Archives @flickr

Open Carry: A Movement for Safety or the Continuance of A Violent Era?

It is perhaps currently one of the most talked about and debated topics in the United States. The ever-intriguing gun debate is being viewed from all sides and sadly, can be measured by the tragedies this nation has faced thus far because of gun violence. Statistically, there have been at least seventy-three public mass shootings across the country since 1982, of which thirty-six have occurred since 2006. According to researchers at Harvard University, mass shootings […]

Human Trafficking: Supply & Demand and Current Efforts to Combat it at Home and Abroad

Human trafficking is a world-wide problem.  It is a crime that continuously transcends all boundaries, and crosses international borders.  It has no regard for human rights, and preys on anyone it can.  Human trafficking can take place as an internal movement of people, meaning within a single nation for their exploitation, or involve an international transport of people.  There are many feeder roads leading in to the world of human trafficking: poverty, low education, necessity, […]