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Is Student Debt Really Worth It? Bryce Covert – New Deal 2.0 Whether or not we’re in the midst of a higher education bubble, are grads really getting enough bang for their buck? This week’s credit check: Average student loan debt is $23,186. For each $10,000 in debt a student takes on, the likelihood of […]

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/24/unsecured-wifi-child-pornography-innocent_n_852996.html I have heard about such occurrences way too often.  A former investigator first advised me of the ability of others to hack into the unsecured Wi-Fi of innocent users.  Also, there have been several cases involved innocent Internet users at file sharing sites (the most frequent example I have heard is the now/soon-to-be-defunct LimeWire) […]

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http://fourthamendment.com/blog/index.php?blog=1&title=fl_dog_alert_alone_not_pc_state_carries_&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 A drug dog’s alert is not sufficient in itself for probable cause. The state carries the burden of proving the dog’s reliability, including training and false positives. Harris v. State, 2011 Fla. LEXIS 953 (Fla. April 21, 2011): When will a drug-detection dog’s alert to the exterior of a vehicle provide an officer with probable […]

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Without necessarily attempting to overstate my personal relief over the reinstatement of the charges by the D.C. Circuit, I am turned on to the opinion more for its interpretation upon the precedent in Kastigar v. U.S. As I have used Kastigar and its principles to assist in the defense of police and firefighters who have […]

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Well, it was — to say the least — an interesting occasion.  In all honesty, I had believed that there was going to be a deep, analytical discussion/debate regarding the Commerce Clause, especially in the context of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and its health care mandate. Instead, it developed into a much more generalized […]

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On Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 6pm, I will be debating another individual, a labeled “conservative scholar” on the subject of the Commerce Clause, as it applies to Congressional action on health care and federal bailouts.  The debate is being sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of the Federalist Society, and will be held at […]

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As a First Amendment rights advocate, I am pleased to announce my representation of the website, DocumentingReality.com.  The website has also given me a nifty new banner!  Thanks, DocumentingReality!  Derek http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/

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Acknowledgment to Concurring Opinions, where Gerald Magliocca ponders the prospect of 4 justices being able to filibuster, and thus prevent the Supreme Court from issuing a particular decision.  Absolutely fascinating prospect in this day and age of reactionary judicial decision making from the Extreme Right.  It could serve, at a minimum, to moderate or limit […]

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Last evening, some of the students in my Constitutional Law II course at UCF asked several, challenging questions regarding the constitutional prohibition on child porn, and the enforcement mechanisms used by the States on sexting offenses.  For those unaware, “sexting” is the process of text messaging to another various sexually explicit images.  This issue has […]

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This Court term is getting progressively worse.  I am incredulous; a warping of the facts, a defense of prosecutorial misconduct, and a complete vacuum of sympathy or empathy to the individual almost put to death. http://www.slate.com/id/2290036/pagenum/all/ Special acknowledgment to Slate.com and its reporter, Dahlia Lithwick: In 1985, John Thompson was convicted of murder in Louisiana. Having […]

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