Miami Law Experts in the News

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Earned coverage by Miami Law's experts for the week of 21 October

The Guardian, The Washington Post, the Miami Herald, NPR affiliate WLRN, and the Tampa Bay Times quote Miami Law professors Scott Sundby, Mary Anne Franks, and 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. Scott Sundby testified before the Florida Legislature, that was rewriting the law. On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the revamped law is also unconstitutional.

“This is far from subverting the will of the people,” Sundby told the Miami Herald. “In fact, it helped the people because otherwise we would have had a statute under which the death sentence would have been sought for years and challenges and appeals would continue until it was ruled unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court, by acting now, saved the Florida taxpayers a lot of money.”

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.

Mary Anne Franks told The Guardian and the Tampa Bay Times: “All current death sentences in Florida should be commuted to life in prison and this should have been done immediately after the US Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s death penalty statute was unconstitutional in January, 2016.” “The Florida Supreme Court’s ruling that jury recommendations for the death penalty must be unanimous is a long overdue recognition of the state’s fatally flawed capital punishment regime,” Franks is quoted in The Washington Post.

The New York Times quoted Tamara Rice Lave on the statute of limitations on bringing criminal groping charges against Donald Trump. “None of the conduct I’ve heard about would seem to still be actionable under civil or criminal law,’’ said Lave, “which means the alleged victims can’t recover anything directly from Trump.”

U.S. News & World Report interviewed Donald Jones about Donald Trump’s accusers. Jones said the woman have a better case against Trump than Trump does in suing news outlets.  “He attacks everyone else and says 'I’m impeccable.' So he has created this situation," Jones said. "Because of his long history, his credibility is quintessentially capable of being impeached. It is his history, it's the number of women saying the same thing. ... He has made a record for himself in an effort to brand himself as a macho male of doing things that transgress."

The Miami New Times used a quote by Scott Sundby about the FIFA bribery case. "You usually see these types of mass prosecutions in racketeering cases going after the Mob or big drug organizations,"Sundby said about Aaron Davidson last year. “You start with the soldiers, get them to turn on the people above them, and eventually, hopefully, you get all the way to the top."   

Law360 quoted Marike Paulsson in an article about aging Intra-EU bilateral trade agreements subject to termination. Paulsson said it “could very well be” that the court in the Achmea case sticks to a narrower ruling that wouldn’t be readily applicable to other intra-EU BITs.”

CONTACT: Catharine Skipp at cskipp@law.miami.edu or 305-773-5801