Media Roundup for July 14, 2017

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Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research revealsWake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of July 14, 2017:


Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals


The Guardian

July 13

John Knox, UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said: “Human rights are being jettisoned as a culture of impunity is developing.

Robert Jason Owens to appear in court on Zebb Quinn murder charge

Asheville Citizen-Times

July 11

Mark Rabil, an associate professor of clinical law at Wake Forest University School of Law, worked as a capital defender from 2003-2012, and he heads up the school’s Innocence & Justice Clinic. He is not surprised that Williams would not pursue the death penalty in a case like Quinn’s, which has remained unsolved for so long. “Anytime a prosecutor has a case that’s this old, it’s much more difficult than a usual case,” Rabil said. “That’s always going to be a factor  — the district attorney must consider the evidence that is available to him, both physical evidence and the availability of witnesses. And on the physical evidence, the reliability of that evidence.”Friday, July 7, 2017

Levy on Human Trafficking Websites

By CrimProf BlogEditor

July 7

Alexandra F. Levy has posted The Virtues of Unvirtuous Spaces (Wake Forest Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Websites that facilitate sexual commerce have, in recent years, become pet enemies of some self-styled anti-trafficking advocates. However, this war on intermediaries should not be confused with an actual fight against human trafficking. The same pathways that may give rise to exploitation are no less available to law enforcement seeking to recover victims – a fact that recommends against shuttering these spaces.