Category Archives: UMLR Posts

Gaming The Capital Punishment System—Bucklew v. Precythe

STEPHANIE ROBIN—On April 1, 2019, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision, ruled against a Missouri death row inmate who claimed that due to a rare disease, the lethal injection would cause him “severe pain and suffering.” Embed from Getty Images In Bucklew v. Precythe, Russell Bucklew, a convicted murderer sentenced to death, claimed that […]

Should the United States Gamble and Repeal the Wire Act?

CRISTOPHER GALIS—On April 8, 2019, Texas Tech played Virginia in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final, bringing March Madness to an end. Throughout March Madness approximately forty-seven million American’s wagered somewhere near eight and a half billion dollars on March Madness. This is the first year that some of that money could legally be bet outside […]

Florida Law Makers Threaten the Restoration of Voting Rights: Is It Constitutional?

I. Introduction ANGEL SANCHEZ & ANNEKE DUNBAR-GRONKE—During the November 2018 elections, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to pass Amendment 4, which historically repealed the 150-year-old Jim-Crow era practice of permanently stripping voting rights from those with felony convictions. The Amendment’s passage ensured that all individuals with felony convictions in Florida, except those convicted of murder or a […]

Business and Marijuana: It May Be Time to Settle the Issue

MICHAEL CLINCH—Americans’ views on marijuana continue to shift in a favorable direction, fueling continued growth in the cannabis industry. Recreational marijuana is now legal in ten states and the District of Columbia, and New Jersey is likely to become number eleven. Also, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia allow some form of medical marijuana. […]

Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Self-Regulation, State-Regulation, and Everything In-Between

DYLAN JOHN MENCIA­­­—Most people have heard the term “artificial intelligence” (often referred to in its abbreviated form, “AI”) and have likely heard of the benefits that this burgeoning field of technology promises to bring. What has not been talked about as much, however, is how we as a society plan to regulate these new technologies […]