In the News May 3

Posted: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 09:55

Dean John L. Carroll
Many have questioned why alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev wasn't read his Miranda Rights when he was arrested. Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll told Birmingham's Fox affiliate, "There is a public safety exemption that the Supreme Court created."

Professor Woodrow N. Hartzog
“It’s difficult to square the interest that we have in not becoming an overnight celebrity with the rights of everyone in America being able to express themselves freely,” said Professor Hartzog in the April 25 City Pager (Nashville, Tenn.) article “Photo of Nashville teen with Down Syndrome spawns Internet meme, $18M lawsuit.” To access this article go to

“The torts that traditionally protected individuals against harmful use of depictions and photos are largely ineffective today,” said Professor Hartzog in the April 29 Huffington Post article “Adam Holland Lawsuit: Family Of Man With Down Syndrome Sue For $18 Million After Photo Sparks Meme.” To access the article go to

“But in an age when virtually anyone can be a 'publisher,' this traditional definition is being pushed to the edge. The speed and carelessness with which content can spread far exceeds what traditional media was ever capable of, to the point where trying to undo a meme," said Professor Hartzog in the April 30 Daily Dot article “Family of young man with Down syndrome sues for $18M over cruel meme.” To access this article go to