EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: Facebook Murder, Gorsuch & Church/State, and Child Dependency


Hunt for Facebook Murder Suspect Ends With His Suicide I CNN

Mary Anne Franks discusses the unfettered use of violent streaming video, such as the murder of Robert Godwin, Sr. on Easter Sunday.

Court: Immigration Agenda Not Part of Child Dependency Review I Daily Business Review

Florida judges, particularly in Miami-Dade County, have seen a flood of dependency petitions from children seeking permanent U.S. residency. In recent years, "dozens, if not hundreds" of those petitions have been denied without an evidentiary hearing, according to University of Miami law professor Bernard Perlmutter, who co-directs the school's Children & Youth Law Clinic.

"I welcome the opinion," he said. "I think the law should apply equally whether this is an immigrant child or a U.S. citizen child, and we have a very strong statutory basis for these cases to go forward and not to be dismissed before facts can be presented."


Neil Gorsuch Is Poised to Swing a Landmark Church-State Case I New Republic


“Gorsuch has proven incredibly sympathetic to claims of substantial burden, no matter how strained they seem,” said Caroline Mala Corbin, a law professor at the University of Miami. Corbin believes there’s plenty of room between the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses to allow Missouri to deny a state grant to a church.


On ‘Radio Times’: Mitigating social media’s dark side I NPR

[At 2:45] Marty was also joined by University of Miami Law Mary Anne Franks who discussed how social media platforms by their very nature encourage users to commit crimes because “there is a certain element of performance in a lot of these horrific incidents.”

Unconstitutional Motives: When US Policies Are Motivated Only in Part by Religious Discrimination I Just Security

Column by Caroline Mala Corbin: “Few would dispute that government actions motivated wholly by religion violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. The question becomes more complicated if the motives are mixed because the challenged government action also furthers a secular interest, such as national security. The answer to this tricky question, according to longstanding Establishment Clause doctrine, is that constitutionality depends on the government’s primary motive. The mere existence of a potential security benefit will not necessarily save a government security measure such as the laptop ban, extreme vetting at the border, or the travel ban.”

Facebook Can’t Police Live Video, Neither Can Anyone Else I Yahoo! Finance

“No live streaming service that relies on user flags to trigger the moderation process can possibly keep rapes, suicides and murders out of public view,” explained Mary Anne Franks, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law and vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. “A suicide, rape or murder video only needs a few seconds to go viral, at which point removal by the platform has limited impact.”

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