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Partisan Purging?

ANNA ELISABETH DELLAPA—Courts around the country, including those in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Indiana, are struggling with the question of whether or not to allow each state’s Election Commission to purge hundreds of thousands of names from their voter registration rolls. The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election has amped up voter suppression efforts, sounding the alarm of […]

Should it be Illegal to be Homeless? The Ninth Circuit Says No.

DAVID STUZIN—Of the many constitutional cases argued of late, lawyers and law students on the East Coast may have missed Martin v. City of Boise, a case argued before the Ninth Circuit. At stake in Martin was an issue that hit on a fault line of important American values. On the one hand, this case […]

Senate Stealth Jurors: Presidential Candidate-Senators And Their Status As Partial Jurors In The Senate Impeachment Trial Against President Donald J. Trump And Beyond

JOSE ESPINOSA—On December 18, 2019, the United States House of Representatives voted, largely upon party lines, to impeach President Donald J. Trump. The House passed two articles of impeachment, the first for Abuse of Power and the second for Obstruction of Congress. Now, as the United States Senate formally commences its impeachment trial, a select […]

Florida Court Rules Inability to Pay Fees Not A Bar to Voting for Former Felons

JOANNA NIWOROWSKI—On October 18, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled in Jones v. DeSantis that the State cannot bar former felons from voting due to their inability to pay fines and other costs associated with their convictions. The Court granted a preliminary injunction, which applies to 17 individuals […]

Collateral Damage: Evaluating the Relationship Between Police Action and the Takings Clause

EVAN GRAY—Imagine if, unbeknownst to you, your house became the site of a major police standoff, complete with explosions, SWAT teams, and flying bullets. Well, unfortunately for the Lech family, this is exactly what happened on June 3rd, 2015, when a robbery suspect, fleeing Walmart, entered the Lechs’ Colorado home and began firing a weapon […]