Miami Law Experts in the News

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Earned coverage for Miami Law experts for the week ending 14 October

NPR affiliate WLRN, interviewed Miami Law’s Innocence Clinic director Craig Trocino on the Florida Supreme Court decision on Hurst. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty in January as unconstitutional. On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the revamped law is also unconstitutional.

Craig Trocino was interviewed by Wilson Sayre at WLRN about the current state of the death penalty in Florida and how current sentencing is impacted. “As it sits right now, if someone were to commit a murder today, no,” there is no death penalty.

Salon magazine quoted Becky Sharpless in a story about pressure on the Obama administration to halt deportations to Haiti in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Matthew. “The policy shift sends people back to perilous conditions and denies humane treatment to Haitian men, women, and children at our border who are seeking refuge after being displaced by the earthquake,” said Sharpless.

The Daily Business Review quoted Jan Jacobowitz in a story about a ruling in the case against a Broward Circuit judge. "The judge did not include any findings in support of his order, so the appellate court could not determine whether his denial was an appropriate use of his discretion," said Jacobowitz. "While judges do have a degree of discretion and there are nuances involved in application of the right to counsel, it is reasonable to expect that an appellate court would require a clear justification on the record before upholding a trial court's apparent denial of a fundamental right such as the right to counsel."

The Daily Commercial quotes Donald Jones on the impact on the state if medical marijuana amendment passes on November 8. “You are not normalizing recreational use and not endangering the children,” Jones said. "This is something to help people who are sick." If the county decides to regulate medical marijuana, Jones said it could be setting itself up for unnecessary litigation. “They could be found liable for attempting to regulate on the basis of their opposition to a set of ideas,” he said. 

CONTACT: Catharine Skipp at 305-284-9810 or cskipp@law.miami.edu