Miami Law Experts in the News: Wet Foot/Dry Foot, Live Streaming Violence, Dylann Roof jury deliberations, and U.S. legitimacy in Guantanamo


The Miami Herald I Obama ending ‘wet foot, dry foot’ Cuban immigration policy

“This still doesn’t mean the end of separate legal treatment of Cubans, that is not going to completely go away,” said Kunal Parker, a University of Miami immigration law expert. What the policy change does mean is that Cubans will have to proceed through legal channels, or risk being repatriated to Cuba, he said.

Diario de Cuba I Ben Rhodes: “Hay apoyo bipartidista’ para que el Congreso derogue le Ley de Ajuste

En tanto, Kunal Parker, profesor de Derecho en la Universidad de Miami, señaló que el Gobierno de Obama "propone abandonar esa política de forma que uno solamente puede entrar a Estados Unidos desde Cuba si tiene una visa. De forma que es necesario usar un canal legal".

The New York Times I At Dylann Roof’s Trial, a Question of How Many Tears Are Too Many

Mr. Roof’s choice to not call witnesses means that jurors will “not hear that evidence which tends to dampen the emotional effect” of grieving relatives, said Scott E. Sundby, a law professor at the University of Miami who has studied juror behavior in capital cases.

The Wall Street Journal I Live Video Grows as Platform to Broadcast Violence

The Chicago incident is “a pretty grim illustration of just what Facebook Live and other products are doing to people,” said Mary Anne Franks, law professor at the University of Miami and vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit focused on stopping online abuse. “Part of it was the performance.”

The New Tropic I University of Miami and West Grove’s churches team up to fight re-segregation

Alfieri sees his work as more important than ever before. Gentrification and real estate development is having a disproportionately negative impact on minority communities in Miami, but it’s much more subtle than the institutionalized segregation of the Jim Crow era – and therefore easier to overlook.

“We need to get real – Miami started as a Jim Crow town and it’s still a Jim Crow town, and in fact growing more race segregated every day. Take a look around, our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and public spaces are segregated by race and race-based economic inequality,” Alfieri said.

The Oakland Press I New International Religious Freedom Act a first for atheists

When President Obama signed a newly strengthened international religious freedom act in December, the intention was to protect religious believers around the world.

But the freshly signed act is being heralded by some legal scholars as a different milestone — for the first time, atheists and other nonreligious persons are explicitly named as a class protected by the law.

“The new law has some really interesting language in it,” said Caroline Mala Corbin, professor of law at the University of Miami. “It takes an expansive view of religious liberty, saying freedom of religion is not just about the right to practice religion. It is also about the right to have your own views about religion including being agnostic and atheistic.”

The Florida Record I Florida’s new Fourth Circuit state attorney’s appointments aimed at improving legal integrity

This motivation to change the current system comes after Nelson defeated Angela Corey on August 30. Corey is known for presiding over some of the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s most controversial cases.

“Corey’s loss is an encouraging sign that the public will no longer tolerate overzealous and unprincipled criminal prosecutions, including women and children,” Mary Anne Franks, a law professor at the University of Miami, said in a press statement after the August election.


Noticias Telemundo I Jeff Session, el Secretario de Justicia que no quieren

Teresa Verges speaks with Telemundo. Verges is director of Miami Law’s Investor Rights Clinic, was one of more than 1,400 law professors who signed an open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject Senator Jeff Session’s nomination as U.S. Attorney General.

WLRN I Caribbean Mayberry: Why The U.S. Can Stay In Guantanamo Forever – Real Cheap

University of Miami law professor Christina Frohock has published “Small Town GTMO: The Layers of Estate, Sovereignty and Soil in U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay.” The book examines the unusual Guantánamo contract – and what if anything Cuba can do about it. WLRN’s Tim Padgett spoke with Frohock about this hemispheric hotspot.

Academic Minute I American Legitimacy in Guantanamo

“Guantánamo is a powerful word.  I bet you already have in mind an image of orange jumpsuits and shackles, maybe worse.  I’ve been to Guantánamo—twice—and I propose we take a step back.  Let’s consider the legitimacy of the United States’ presence rather than its prisons,” Frohock said. 

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