JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It is one of the most controversial Supreme Court rulings made this year. In June the Affordable Care Act, also referred to by others as “ObamaCare,” became law.
It requires every American to have health care by 2014, and it’s a decision that disappointed voters like Rachel Eddy. “I like that everybody can choose for themselves what they like instead of being told what they need,” said Eddy.
But this November, Florida voters will have their chance to vote against it. “This amendment, in essence, would be Florida’s statement that we do not want to be under the Affordable Care Act,” said law professor, Alan Williams.
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The whole discussion pivots, John Knechtle says, on the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment establishment clause, which says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
It was drafted in 1789. People have been arguing about it since.
“It wasn’t that [the founding fathers] were all liberal-minded and didn’t want any religion,” Knechtle said. “They didn’t want a particular religion established.”
Knechtle teaches constitutional law at Florida Coastal School of Law. He’s also co-author of a couple of textbooks, including “The First Amendment: Cases, Problems and Materials.”
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Florida Coastal School of Law professor Laura Boeckman specialize in consumer law and reverse mortgages.
Boeckman says the concept can work with the right advice.
“Some people call it your ATM you can take out a mortgage where you get monthly payment that is a portion of your equity every month,” said Boeckman.
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According to Rod Sullivan, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Amendment 1 has become a non-issue. The Amendment would “prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.”
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“We know today for a virtual certainty that if you burn a Quran and you put it on YouTube, somewhere somebody in the world is going to die as a result of violence caused by that YouTube video,” said Rod Sullivan, a constitutional law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. “Therefore it’s sort of an emerging question as to whether or not the courts can prohibit that kind of speech because it does incite violence someplace else.”
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But the tutorial should help Montana in any future civil lawsuits related to assaults because it is evidence that the university is not “deliberately indifferent” to sexual assault on its campus, said Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Hogshead-Makar praised Montana’s proactive approach – while noting that such an undertaking is only as effective as the information it conveys.
“It’s unrealistic to think that an 18-year-old is going to read a sexual harassment policy until something’s already happened,” she said. Referring to commonly noted statistics that one in four college women report having survived rape or attempted rape at some point since their 14th birthday, she added, “If we knew a quarter of women while they were in higher education were going to seriously damage their self-esteem, their outlook in life, their sense of the future – if we knew something like that was going to happen, we would do more than just provide counseling afterward. This is not just counseling afterward.”
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Cooper can rely on prior case law to help as a guide, but her job is to focus on the evidence presented in the cases before her, said Rod Sullivan, a constitutional law professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law.
“Everything in her ruling has to be based on her factual findings,” Sullivan said. “She has to make specific findings concerning the development of his level of intelligence at the age of 12, the amount he was actually free to cooperate or not with police” and other factors.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2012-08-06/story/critical-ruling-cases-against-cristian-fernandez-due-tuesday#ixzz22sBT7igp
“JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There’s a new ad on the airways right now that gives credit to Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney for saving the Olympics and turning the games around in 2002.”
Professor Rod Sullivan is asked about the legalities of the ad and if any copyright law may have been broken by using Olympic footage. Click here to view the ad and read the full story at First Coast News.
“Florida is now faced with a choice as is every other state and the choice is this: we do not have to accept the funding that comes with the expansion of the medicaid act,” said Jennifer Millis with Florida Coastal School of Law.
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Professor James Woodruff authors a column for the Florida Times-Union. Click here to read his take on state rules that are protecting rights.