Tag Archives: Constitutional Law

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom in the Wake of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

TORI SIMKOVIC—The battle between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom continues in the United States Supreme Court. On November 4, the Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that will determine whether private agencies that receive tax-payer funding can claim religious freedom justifies discrimination against same-sex couples. For years, the […]

Criminalization of Homelessness: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dissolution of Pottinger Agreement

ALYSSA SAMBERG—The homeless population in the City of Miami (the “City”) lived under the protection of the Pottinger Agreement (“Agreement”), a landmark federal consent decree hailed as “a gold standard” in civil litigation establishing protection for rights of the homeless, for 20 years until a federal judge dissolved the agreement in February 2019. On October […]

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 […]

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the November 2018 elections, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to pass Amendment 4, which historically repealed the 150-year-old Jim-Crow era practice of permanently stripping voting rights from those with felony convictions.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 […]

Dual-Sovereignty Doctrine Up For Gamble

SOPHIA RUB—On December 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments for Gamble v. United States. The defendant, Gamble, called for the Court to revisit the constitutionality of the dual-sovereignty doctrine as a valid exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Embed from Getty Images The Fifth Amendment’s […]