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Healthcare For All: Why Minorities Continue To Fall

The enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction to bridge the gap between healthcare and poverty.  While it seeks to help all, there are some citizens who continue to be at a disadvantage even with insurance coverage.  Why?   Because an extrinsic change with a temporary fix will not deracinate discrimination. Photo Source: @Sabrina Wilks

Forced Into Execution: Involuntarily Medicating Ill Inmate To Achieve Competency For Execution

Uniformity is absent in the laws of the United States. Not only do the laws vary from state to state, but punishments vary from county to county. The only way to curtail these variations in punishment is for the United States Supreme Court to take a stance on the issues. One area where the Supreme Court stance is lacking is mental illness, and in particular, as it relates to capital punishment. On September 11, 2013, […]

Juvenile Sexting: A Harsh Reality

Teenage love. We have all been there before. Getting butterflies thinking about seeing your significant other in the hallway at school; staying up late at night to sneak and talk to them on the phone, and even skipping school to hang out with them. Most people remember their first love and how that person made them feel, and most of the time the first person you fall in love with is during your teenage years. […]

Urban Decay: The Affordable Housing Crisis and the Underdevelopment of Urban Communities

Teresa was born in the Third Ward of Houston, Texas in 1965. Both of Teresa’s parents were hard workers who made a living as manual laborers. Teresa’s mom, Thelma, was a maid for a wealthy family and her father, Albert, worked at the car service station as a mechanic. Although Teresa’s parents were extremely hard working, they would only make just enough money each month to pay for rent and food for the entire family. […]

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 […]