In this article, Kathyrn McIlroy discusses the ethical, legal, and moral implications of the recently proposed Massachusetts bill that would allow prisoners to donate organs or bone marrow in exchange for reduced sentences.
Consenting to Change: The New Sexual Assault Provisions of the Model Penal Code
TW: general discussions of sexual assault. In this article, Tori DeLaney explores how the new Model Penal Code draft language around sexual assault could support more survivors while also destigmatizing BDSM relationships in law.
Having the “Right” Name: Examining the Eleventh Circuit’s Decision Concerning Detention of Arrestees Based on Mistaken Identity
In this article, Associate Member Kathyrn McIlroy discusses the circuit split on the rights of an individual detained under a valid arrest warrant based on mistaken identity, and ultimately advocates for greater protections for such individuals.
The Magic of Mushrooms: Turning “Public Enemy Number One” Into an Ally to Help Put an End to the War on Drugs
In this article, Thomas Kemmet briefly explores the history of America’s drug policy, then discusses the impact of Oregon’s legalization of psychedelic mushrooms.
Gym, Tan, Money Laundering: United States Crypto Anti-Money Laundering Regulations
In this article, Author Micah Kindred discusses United States crypto anti-money laundering regulations and potential improvements.
The Unscientific Nature of Modern Forensic Sciences
In this article, Alexander Goldstein explores how differing definitions of scientific validity impact forensic evidence in criminal trials, creating due process concerns for criminal defendants.
The Circuit Split on What Constitutes New Evidence in Habeas Corpus Proceedings
Associate Member Stephen Fox explains the circuit split on what constitutes new evidence when claiming actual innocence in a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Do Criminal Suspects Have Reasonable Expectations of Privacy to Their Family Members’ DNA?
Photo by Louis Reed on Unsplash Baylee Kalmbach, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review I. Introduction “No two people have the same DNA, meaning the use of such evidence can either prove a person’s innocence or guilt with great accuracy.” True, while no one has identical DNA to another, individuals still “share around 50%... Continue Reading →
COVID-19 and Its Effect on Prisons
Photo by Emiliano Bar on Unsplash Katie Basalla, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review I. Introduction One of the main critiques of the United States’ criminal justice system over the past few decades has been mass incarceration. With a rate of 698 incarcerated per 100,000 residents, the U.S. prison system has more inmates per capita than... Continue Reading →
Michigan v. Frederick: A Chance to Clarify Law Enforcement’s Knock-and-Talk Procedures
"Doors in the interior" by Dmitry Grigoriev is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 John Simon, Blog Editor, University of Cincinnati Law Review I. Introduction In recent history, the Supreme Court has averaged 7,000-8,000 new petitions annually. Of those new cases filed, approximately 80 receive plenary review with oral arguments heard before the Court.  On June... Continue Reading →