EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: Encouraging Suicide, Educational Segregation, Alt-Right Trolls & Judicial FB Friending

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Michelle Carter, who encouraged boyfriend to commit suicide, to serve 15 months in jail I The Week

The case sparked debate over the legal definition of manslaughter and whether an individual could be held responsible for another person's suicide. "I would say from the very start, the charges were surprising," University of Miami School of Law professor Mary Anne Franks told the BBC. Daniel Medwed, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, added: "What Michelle Carter did was reprehensible, morally blameworthy, and despicable, but I'm not sure it was manslaughter."

Want your kids in the best public schools? Wealthy cities to buy in I Miami Herald

“I understand that parents want more options, but at the same time it does create these disparities, and it is often wealthier communities that do this,” said Osamudia James, a Coral Gables resident and law professor at the University of Miami who specializes in education issues. “It’s absolutely true that it’s going to aggravate segregation.”

Defending Alt-Right Trolls I VICE News

Mary Anne Franks’s segment begins at 15:53.

Fla. Court Weighs Judge DQ Over Atty Facebook Friendships I Law360

If the Third District decides to grant the petition, it would be the third Florida state appeals court to issue an opinion on whether a judge can be friends on Facebook with an attorney appearing before him or her, and possibly could entice the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question, according to University of Miami School of Law professor Jan Jacobowitz, who co-authored "Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner's Handbook" with John G. Browning.

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