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Published: October 28th, 2013

Category: News

Bob Dekle
Director, Criminal Prosecution Clinic; Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center; Master Lecturer

“The ‘last meal’: Part of death-row lore” (Oct. 19, 2013, Orlando Sentinel)

This article looks at how and why the “last meal” is a tradition for inmates before execution in the death-penalty procedure.

From the article:
“The last meal is part of the process to demonstrate there is no malice on the part of the people who carry out the execution,” said Bob Dekle, who teaches at the University of Florida‘s Levin College of Law and was the chief prosecutor in the Ted Bundy murder case.

In Florida, last meals must cost no more than $40, be purchased locally and prepared at the prison. No fast food allowed, Cary said.

John Spenkelink, the first murderer to be executed in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, shared a flask of Jack Daniel’s whiskey with the prison superintendent, who came up with the idea, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website.

People got upset, thinking it was unseemly and he didn’t deserve the privilege, Dekle said. Today, no alcohol is allowed.

Mark Fenster
Professor; Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Tort Professor

“Blogger shares skills future solos need | Legal-eyed TV recaps | ‘Are word limits for suckers?’” (Oct. 18, 2013, ABA Journal)

This article addresses what skills one blogger thinks future solo lawyers need in order to succeed.

From the article:
Submission guidelines from Harvard and Yale (PDF) now explicitly state that they discourage articles of more than 25,000 words.

Bainbridge says that 25,000 words equals around 50 pages. But looking at the seven most recent issues of the Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Review, he saw that zero of Yale’s article were under 50 pages, and that zero of Harvard’s were under 60 pages. “I don’t know if there are other journals out there enforcing the rules more strictly,” Bainbridge wrote. “At the very least, however, it seems that Harvard and Yale are just joshing us. So my advice is: Write the article to the length you need and ignore the word limits.”

Things were no better three years ago, University of Florida law professor Mark Fenster noted in the comments, referencing his own 2010 Prawfsblawg post titled: Are word limits for suckers?

Omri Y. Marian
Assistant Professor of Law

Marian presented his paper “Are Cryptocurrencies ‘Super’ Tax Havens?” at Loyola Law School Los Angeles on Oct. 21 as part of its Tax Policy Colloquium Series.

Jason Nance
Assistant Professor of Law; Associate Director, Center on Children and Families

Nance’s article, “Students, Security, and Race,” was published in the Emory Law Journal.  The cite is 63 Emory L.J. 1 (2013). “Students, Security, and Race,” Emory Law Journal (63 Emory L.J. 1 (2013)).

Media Hits:

“Annual tradition continues with Florida/Georgia moot court contest” (Oct. 21, 2013, Jacksonville Daily Record)

The 33rd annual Florida/Georgia moot court competition, to be held Nov. 1, was covered in this article that gives background information about the tradition.

From the article:
The 33rd annual Florida/Georgia moot court competition will be Friday, Nov. 1, at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse in Jacksonville.

Regarded as a tradition in the Jacksonville legal community, this competition between the University of Florida and University of Georgia Colleges of Law is held annually on the Friday before the Florida-Georgia football game.

The competition replicates an argument before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning a current, but unresolved issue of federal constitutional law.




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