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The Fox Guards the Henhouse: Arbitrary and Inadequate State Statutes Governing Access to DNA Testing for the Wrongfully Convicted

Introduction Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has been at the forefront of exonerations of the wrongfully convicted for decades now.  However, current arbitrary and inadequate procedures for requesting DNA testing for post-conviction prisoners lead to factually innocent persons spending significantly more time confined or time spent outside of confinement as wrongfully convicted persons.  These processes create a...
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Military Lawyer’s Thoughts of Marines United Scandal and Online Misconduct by Members of the Military

The “Marines United” scandal is quickly turning into a media circus and is a black eye to the United States Marine Corps.  For those who don’t know, Marines United was a Facebook group, originally designed to help Marines returning from combat.  It consisted of nearly 30,000 members of active duty, reservist, retired, and former Marines. ...
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Pitfalls of Post 9/11 GI Bill

The GI Bill is an amazing program and serves as one of the major incentives for young men and women to join the armed forces.  Furthermore, the Post-9/11 GI Bill (hereinafter GI Bill) allows servicemembers who serve 6 or more years to transfer all or some of the education benefits to their spouse or children. ...
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Systemic Problems with the Military Justice System

I. Not all legal systems provide adequate protections of rights’ of their accused.  Consider one system where a single person has the authority to control the following : what charges to bring, whether those charges are felony level or misdemeanor, selection of the pool of potential jurors, the pot of money defense counsel need to pay for everything from site visits...
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