Tougher Measures: How the New Massachusetts Strangulation Law Demonstrates the Need for Stricter Penalties and “No-Drop” Prosecution Policies in Domestic Violence Disputes

In domestic violence disputes, strangulation is one of the strongest indicators that the perpetrator will murder the victim; stranglers often use this violent act to demonstrate their power and control over their victims. Several studies reveal that thirty to...

Constitutional Law – Eleventh Circuit Rejects Federal “Look Through” Approach on Federal Habeas Corpus Petitions – Wilson v. Warden, Georgia Diagnostic Prison, 834 F.3d 1227 (11th Cir. 2016) (en banc), cert. granted sub nom. Wilson v. Sellers, No. 16-6855, 2017 WL 737820 (S. Ct. Feb. 27, 2017) (mem.)

A petition for a writ of habeas corpus is a civil post-conviction motion the first Congress borrowed from English common law to guard against the unconstitutional detainment of persons protected by the new Constitution. The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty...

Trust Law – Beneficiary’s Interest in Open-Class Discretionary Trust Amounts to Mere Expectancy Despite Ascertainable Standard – Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, 55 N.E.3d 933 (Mass. 2016)

Since 1973, all federal courts have used the three-stage analysis established in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green to decide a vast majority of intentional employment discrimination cases. During the 1990s, an increasing number of commentators criticized the McDonnell...
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