Month: March 2018

Five Reasons Louisiana May be the Next State to Repeal Capital Punishment

Author: Sarah M. Lambert*

 Fewer people are being sentenced to death in Louisiana.  Of those who are sentenced to death, even fewer are being executed.  In the past fifteen years, only one person has been executed in Louisiana.  The decline in capital punishment reflects a broader trend throughout the United States and around the world.  Public support for the death penalty is the lowest it has been in forty years, with less than half of Americans now supporting the practice.[1]  Bipartisan support for repealing capital punishment is on the rise across the nation, including in Louisiana.  During the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, Democratic Representative Terry Landry introduced House Bill 101 in Louisiana’s House of Representatives, and Republican Senator Dan Claitor introduced a companion, Bill 142, in the Louisiana Senate.  The overarching goal of both bills was to repeal capital punishment in Louisiana. Continue reading

THUMBS DOWN: THE TROUBLE WITH COMPELLED FINGER PRINT ACCESS TO SMART DEVICES

Author: Reagan Charleston

I. INTRODUCTION

Smart devices have become an extension of ourselves.  Take a walk, sit in the park, ride the subway, go to a restaurant, look around you while you sit in traffic; you will likely find that nearly everyone walks, sits, and drives with their phone in their hand.  Your smartphone likely sits near you as you read this piece.  Even our sleep is effected by our smart phone use.[1]  Today, hand injuries from excessive cell phone use have become commonplace.[2]  We are fixated on our phones, and we do not “unplug” when we get home.[3]  According to a 2014 Civic Science report, the average American spends over twelve hours a day engaged in smart phone use.[4]  We know what it means for our eyes, but what does it mean for our constitutional rights?[5]  Continue reading

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