Category Archives: Judicial Systems

Scott G. Hawkins, Perspective on Judicial Merit Retention in Florida

This November, voters will decide whether to retain in office three justices of the Florida Supreme Court and fifteen judges of the district courts of appeal. This Essay explains the merit retention process and puts that process in historical context. … Continue reading

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Chad M. Oldfather, Joseph P. Bockhorst, Brian P. Dimmer, Triangulating Judicial Responsiveness: Automated Content Analysis, Judicial Opinions, and the Methodology of Legal Scholarship

The increasing availability of digital versions of court documents, coupled with increases in the power and sophistication of computational methods of textual analysis, promises to enable both the creation of new avenues of scholarly inquiry and the refinement of old … Continue reading

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Jacy Owens, A Progressive Response: Judicial Delegation of Authority to Federal Probation Officers

Federal probation officers supervise millions of offenders who must each comply with a multitude of probation conditions. These officers need enough flexibility to deal with the evolving needs of each offender, without having to clog the court system with repeated … Continue reading

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Kathryn A. Kimball, Losing our Soul: Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Child Pornography Offenders

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1515 (2011)| | | | Child pornography offenders capitalize on the vulnerability of children and find pleasure in their victims’ humiliation. In United States v. Irey, the defendant sadistically raped, sodomized, and tortured more than fifty … Continue reading

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Stewart E. Sterk and Kimberly J. Brunelle, Zoning Finality: Reconceptualizing Res Judicata Doctrine in Land Use Cases

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1139 (2011)| | | ARTICLE :: Zoning disputes provide many Americans with their only firsthand exposure to the workings of democratic government. Land use issues trigger participation because neighbors perceive the wrong kind of development as … Continue reading

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Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Interrogation and the Roberts Court

63 Fla. L. Rev. 1189 (2011)| | | ARTICLE :: Through 2010, the Roberts Court decided five cases involving the rules for police interrogation under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments: Kansas v. Ventris; Montejo v. Louisiana; Florida v. Powell; Maryland … Continue reading

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