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Last month, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who represents the Orlando area counties, announced that she would not be seeking the death penalty in the prosecution of Markeith Loyd. Loyd was charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and fatally shooting an already wounded police officer. Days after

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In February, Florida enacted a new death penalty statute that resolved the constitutional issues the U.S. Supreme Court found in 2016. Even with this reinstatement, one state’s attorney, Aramis D. Ayala, said that her office would not seek what she views as an ineffective and costly form

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Guest post by Professor Carrie Leonetti.* Professor Leonetti is a professor of criminal and constitutional law at the University of Oregon School of Law and the Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Advocacy Project.  She was the Executive Technical Editor of CR-CL in 1999-2000. This

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INTRODUCTION In its efforts to combat crime committed by street gangs—a societal ill that unquestionably warrants tough measures—California has pursued a range of aggressive tactics. It is axiomatic, however, that the tough measures employed must not violate the protections enshrined in the Constitution. This is particularly

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While outrage over President Trump’s stance on immigration enforcement proliferates on social media, the new administration’s policies have also led to tension with an unexpected adversary: local law enforcement. The City of Los Angeles recently pushed back, with an objection that potentially has broad implications

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