The Legal and Scientific Pitfalls of Prosecuting “Shaken Baby” Cases

By Madison Neale During the process of prosecuting a case of child abuse, the testimony of a medical professional hired as an expert witness for the state is often pivotal.[1] This can pose a number of difficulties for defendants, because juries tend to find expert witnesses highly persuasive.[2] The very term “expert” holds a lot Read more about The Legal and Scientific Pitfalls of Prosecuting “Shaken Baby” Cases[…]

Are My 4th Amendment Rights Being Violated When I Go Through U.S. Customs?

By Kyara Rivera Rivera             The 4th Amendment states that “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be Read more about Are My 4th Amendment Rights Being Violated When I Go Through U.S. Customs?[…]

Virginia Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Transgender Students in Schools

By Kennedy Eagle In 2019, Virginia once again took the spotlight on progress when the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling in Grimm v. Gloucester County Schools, holding that schools had to allow transgender students to use their gender affirming bathroom.[1] The Supreme Court then denied certiorari.[2] Three years later, the Read more about Virginia Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Transgender Students in Schools[…]

Could the Only Thing Keeping People Off the Street During the Pandemic Be What’s Being Used to Put Them on it?

By Rachel Ranieri A major question across the country is why eviction rates vary so drastically by state, and concurrently, whether there should be a more uniform eviction displacement rate across the states.[1] There are three primary approaches to the substantive landlord-tenant laws that courts may take.[2] The first is a “protectionist” approach; these states Read more about Could the Only Thing Keeping People Off the Street During the Pandemic Be What’s Being Used to Put Them on it?[…]

Human Trafficking in America: What “Taken” Doesn’t Tell You

By Abigail Scanga Blackburn Human trafficking, otherwise known as modern slavery[1], has been oversimplified and sensationalized in the media.[2] Taken, a popular movie starring Liam Neeson, depicts a terrifying drama where a former CIA agent races around the globe to find his kidnapped daughter and rescue her from the clutches of an international human sex Read more about Human Trafficking in America: What “Taken” Doesn’t Tell You[…]

How Land Value Taxes Could Change Quality Affordable Housing in Richmond

By Erin Sweet A Land Value Tax (LVT) is a property tax that, unlike traditionally property taxes, does not take into account any value of improvements on the land, but rather taxes only the value of the land itself.[1] This means that for tax purposes, it really is all about location, location, location. While this Read more about How Land Value Taxes Could Change Quality Affordable Housing in Richmond[…]

The Crisis Facing Migrants Today

By Reagan Cavanaugh According to operational statistics released by the U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CPB) for August 2022, a large number of individuals fleeing failed communist regimes has led to an increased number of migrants attempting to cross the southwest United States border.[1] The number of individuals encountered nationwide in August was 157,921.[2] Of Read more about The Crisis Facing Migrants Today[…]

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