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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, […]

Policing the Police: A Citizen’s Right to Film the Public Actions of Law Enforcement Officers, and How America Began to Lose Faith in Those Who Swore to Protect and Serve

They are the ones we are taught to call when we are in trouble.  The ones who swore to protect and serve you, me, and anyone else in the presence of threat or fear.  Those individuals are the police. For some, 9-1-1 is committed to memory at a young age, even before personal home addresses or telephone numbers.  This is usually based on the dependency and trust society injects in these officers.  Yet, what happens […]

Turning the Water to Blood: How Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Drove Religious Freedom and Restoration Act out of Touch with Society

Since the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. modified the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the heat has been cranked up on religious extremists to exert one’s own belief onto that of another. In allowing closely-held businesses to opt out of Obamacare’s mandate to provide contraceptive coverage to employees, what we see is not only a rebirth of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (“RFRA”), but a fallout as a direct consequence. […]

You Can’t Squeeze Water From a Stone, But Soon, We May Have to Try: A Scratch at the Surface of Texas Groundwater Law and How Antiquated Common Law Could Leave us all High and Dry

The story of Texas water law is also the story of its droughts. Texas’s application of the rule of capture and landowners’ absolute ownership of groundwater is outdated and unsustainable. As Texas’s population expands, so will its thirst, and groundwater is not an inexhaustible natural resource. If drought conditions and population increases continue—as they are predicted to do —the non-sustainable means in which groundwater is regulated will have dire consequences in the years to come. […]

Law Enforcement: The Cognitive Ability Required to Protect and Serve, and the Appropriate Use of Force During Conflict

Police officers are charged with the duty to protect and serve the communities they live in. When a police officer is called on a job, they have procedures that they must follow in order to remedy the problem. There are many factors that go into the decisions made by law enforcement officers. Most of the time the decisions made are correct and have positive outcomes. However, sometimes the decisions made by law enforcement officers are […]