EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: 'Kingly' Pardons, Fla. Execution, Monuments and Speech


How American Presidents Ended Up With the ‘Kingly’ Power to Pardon I History Channel

“There was a proposal to require Senate approval for [presidential] pardons, but it was rejected” by the Constitutional Convention, says Caroline Mala Corbin, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law. So too was a proposal to give this power to the Senate instead of the president.

Florida Uses New Drug To Execute First Inmate In More Than A Year I WLRN

1:47 “It’s kind of a strange conversation to have and to litigate about what’s the best way to terminate somebody’s life,” says Craig Trocino, director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Innocence Clinic. “But we have the death penalty here in the State of Florida so that discussion needs to happen. It’s probably best to do that in the disinfecting light of the sun rather than in the darkness of the executioner’s chambers.”

How Donald Trump Poisons Free Speech I New Republic

Caroline Mala Corbin, who teaches at the University of Miami School of Law and has worked for the ACLU, explained, “The most persuasive free speech justification for this protection is not that white supremacists have anything worth saying. They don’t. Rather, it is that we do not trust the government to make decisions about who should be allowed speak and who should not.”

West Palm to remove Confederate monument; ‘We lost our patienceI Palm Beach Post

“I can’t imagine there’s a legal principle here preventing the city from organizing and decorating the city any way they’d like,” Osamudia James, a professor of law at the University of Miami, said Monday.

Charlottesville, Trump and the media I The Listening Post – Aljazeera

And for all his bluntness, all the hectic, late-night tweeting, Trump is more skilled at using coded messaging - what's known as dog whistling. It all started with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again", which is seen by some as a rallying cry for a return to a different America, a whiter one.

"Dog whistle politics is just that. An attempt to convey racialised sentiments without using actual racialised language," says Osamudia James, a law professor at the University of Miami.

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