Kansas Governor Race Turns Childish and Doggish, Literally

March 9, 2018 by Owais Ahmed

Currently, the State of Kansas does not have any age requirements to run for the highest office in the State, that of Governor. Seeing the lack of any requirements, a few enthusiastic high schools and a dog decided to avail themselves of the opportunity to run for the office. A total of six students have decided to run for Kansas Governor: Jack Bergeson (16 years old), Dominic Scavuzzo (17 years old), Joseph Tutera (16 years old), Aaron Coleman (17 years old), Tyler Ruzich (17 years old), and Ethan Randleas (17 years old). Of the six teenage candidates, one is running … Read More

Balancing Individual Right to Privacy against Public’s Right to Know

March 15, 2018 by Jill Ide

If you grew up in Minnesota or one of its border states, you most certainly know the tragic story of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year old boy who was abducted from the small central Minnesota community of St. Joseph on October 22, 1989. Jacob’s disappearance remained a mystery until September 6, 2016 when Danny Heinrich confessed to the kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of Jacob. On November 21, 2016, Heinrich was sentenced. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the 20 year federal prison sentence was for one count of receiving child pornography. Under the terms of the plea deal, Heinrich was … 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


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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