DOJ’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Expansion Faces Bi-Partisan Roadblock

September 14, 2017 by Owais Ahmed

Civil asset forfeiture is a practice used by law enforcement agencies to seize assets or property from any person suspected of a crime. The seizure does not require a criminal charge, or conviction, or an order of any kind. The practice has been in the news lately as many states have begun to consider reigning in use of the practice. Several states have either heightened the standards of proof required for the government to seize property or implemented restrictions on the practice, such as: California, Connecticut, Michigan, Maryland, Nebraska, Montana, and Minnesota. 14 states require criminal convictions before the seizure of … Read More

The Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age

October 12, 2017 by Kelsey Gilmore

We are living in a time where we can use smart technology to track almost everything about us. We use smart watches to track our movements, exercise, sleep, and eating habits; we use smart phones for just about everything from social media to banking; our cars are equipped with GPS; we can install smart light bulbs; and, there are even toothbrushes that will record and track our oral hygiene habits. All of this data, about some of the most private aspects of our lives, is being recorded, stored, and transmitted to third parties.  While this information has proved to be valuable … Read More

Fatal Shooting Tests State’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

September 20, 2017 by Jean Sica

This past June, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an amended “stand your ground” legislation that supporters say bolster civilian rights to protect themselves. According to a Reuters news article, opponents contend the amended law emboldens gun owners to shoot first and ask later. The following is a case summary of a 2014 Palm Beach fatal shooting, by a homeowner against a trespasser, that reached jury trial in Circuit Court last month. BAYLES, AS PARENT OF BAYLISS, DECEASED v. DELCIAMPO A wrongful death claim was made by Scott Bayliss, as parent of 31-year-old male Aaron Bayliss, who suffered fatal gunshot injuries after he … Read More


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Designer Babies: Delivering Soon in the United States


According to an article published by American Health Line earlier this week, a team of biologists in Oregon have conducted the first known experiment in the United States using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to genetically modify viable human embryos. Officials at the Oregon Health and Science University said results are pending publication in a journal.CRISPR is a technology that can modify genes quickly and efficiently by working as a type of molecular scissors that can trim away unwanted parts of the genome, and replace it with new DNA. According to MIT’s Technology Review, the study recently conducted centered on a

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