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Multiple Homes Mean More Costly Protection For Presidents I National Public Radio

FOX: To spend more than $200,000, the Secret Service has to ask Congress for a bigger budget. And with the Trumps, the budget has to be a lot bigger. The president frequently comes to Mar-A-Lago and his wife lives in Trump Tower in New York. Both are places of business with workers, residents and guests, so they're expensive to protect. The Washington Post reported that it has seen confidential Secret Service documents showing the agency has requested $60 million in additional funds just for next year. University of Miami Law Professor Charlton Copeland says that, of course, the president must be protected.

CHARLTON COPELAND: I don't think that there's going to be anyone who says, why are we providing all this protection?

FOX: But in 1976, Congress clearly intended to hold down the cost for time spent away from the White House. But it also left some ambiguity because it says two people living together have to choose one residence. Here's the tricky part - Trump and the first lady mostly live apart. So maybe that gives them a way around the spending cap for a second residence.

COPELAND: Because both President Trump and the first lady could designate primary residences.

COPELAND: Ultimately, Congress has to decide how much to spend on the Trumps. 

Prosecutor’s decision refuels death penalty question I The Gainesville Sun

“There’s no doubt, if you look at national trends, that the Florida Legislature’s and governor’s office insistence place them in a handful of states that are actively trying to devise a system which is going to produce death sentences,” said University of Miami law professor Scott Sundby, who has researched the behavior of juries in death penalty cases.

South Florida Lawyer Fear Trump Administration Squeezing Asylum Seekers I WLRN

“Time is one of the few things that was on the side of the [asylum] applicants,” says David Abraham, an immigration law expert at the University of Miami law school.Abraham cautions that undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers can’t expect the same level of due process that U.S. citizens and legal residents enjoy. Still, if judges are accelerating asylum cases, "it certainly tips the scales against the asylum applicants."There is a point at which rushing a decision denies the applicant due process because a full opportunity to be heard has not been provided any longer.”

Enjoy Doing Your Taxes This Year, Because Next Year Will Be a Nightmare I NBC News

Tax compliance experts say this makes it easier for small businesses, especially ones where most transactions are conducted in cash, to dodge their tax responsibilities. "Businesses that operate in cash don't pay about 50 percent of the tax liability they owe," said Leigh Osofsky, an associate professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.

Bipartisan Task Force On Sexual Violence Could Calm Some Fears About The Trump Era I Buzzfeed

Starting in mid-2016, Obama White House officials, including the adviser on violence against women, were directed to begin preparing materials for their successor.

“We wanted to pass this along and hope that it would be maintained,” said Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, who was the second White House adviser on violence against women under Obama.

Neil Gorsuch’s Contempt for Women I U.S. News & World Report

I have to wonder, if the Supreme Court decides that a corporation is a "person" with religious freedom under the First Amendment, where might that leave the status of women as "persons" with the right to equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment? In any event, Caroline Mala Corbin, a law professor at the University of Miami, succinctly rejected the idea of corporations as having the capacity for religious belief. As she said, "For-profit corporations do not and should not have religious rights. They have no soul, and they certainly don't have a relationship with God."

The Conversation We Need To Have About “Revenge Porn” I Refinery29

“All of us share private information with third parties at some point in our lives, from home addresses to medical records to credit card numbers. Many of us share private information several times a day. The behavior is so routine that we don’t think about the fact that sharing or even storing private information creates a risk that it will be misused. If we do think about it, most of us believe we can trust third parties to keep our private information confidential, and that if they do not, they – not us — will be punished. Yet there is one type of private information that is treated very differently: nude or sexually explicit photos and videos. The response to breaches of sexual privacy is all too often to blame the victim,” writes Dr. Mary Anne Franks is a Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law.

Facebook launches tools to combat revenge porn I CNN

Facebook partnered up with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative to develop its approach, and also launched "Not Without My Consent," a guide to help people through the process.

"We're very pleased about Facebook's announcement," Dr. Mary Anne Franks, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative's legislative and tech policy director, told CNNTech. "These new tools demonstrate Facebook's leadership and innovation in responding to abuses of technology."

According to Franks, her relationship with the company dates back to 2014, when she was asked to give a presentation about nonconsensual pornoagraphy as part of the company's safety series. Facebook (FBTech30) sponsored a cross-industry summit on the issue featuring presentations by CCRI in February 2015, Franks said.

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