Tort Reform Under Constitutional Fire

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Bryston C. Gallegos[*]

Nearly fifty years ago, tort reform was born and states started capping damages for victims of medical malpractice.  In response, injured plaintiffs began challenging noneconomic damage caps on various constitutional grounds—particularly equal protection.  Although equal protection challenges involve varying state statutes and differing factual circumstances, there are common questions woven throughout.  Does a law that treats negligently injured persons differently from those who are less injured by the same negligent conduct deny the first group equal protection of the laws?  If so, does a rational basis exist for such differential treatment?

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Constitutional Rights of Denver as a Sanctuary City

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Sean S. Cuff

On February 15, 2018, the president of Denver’s police union spoke before Congress regarding the city’s recent immigration ordinance. Testifying in front of the House Border and Immigration Subcommittee, Nick Rodgers told lawmakers he thought the city’s ordinance was unsafe and made it difficult to arrest immigrant drug dealers. These comments came in response to a recent Denver city ordinance that banned police and city officials from asking about or sharing anyone’s immigration status. In fact, the same day Denver passed its immigration ordinance, it joined thirty-five other cities and counties across the country in filing a legal brief to support Chicago’s lawsuit challenging new federal grant restrictions on “sanctuary cities.”

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Facebook, Fake News, and the First Amendment

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Ashley Smith-Roberts

As social media gains heightened influence over our lives, it becomes increasingly important that the news we receive online be accurate, trustworthy, and dependable. However, episodes such as “Pizzagate” and claims of Russian interference in the US presidential election have resulted in more Americans than ever questioning the accuracy of the daily news updates that they receive on their social media devices. Recent concerns over data privacy and national security have highlighted that “fake news” has begun to infiltrate our society in ways previously inconceivable.

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