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Club focuses on learning about laws that affect students
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By ARIELLE BAKOVIC
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Stephanie Murray, an FAU junior, became interested in the law after finding herself in a legal predicament. And with laws changing frequently of varying by jurisdiction, she thought it would be a great idea to start a club called "Abiding by the Law."

Murray is studying finance and may go to law school after she graduates. She said, without going into detail, that she knew having a fake ID is wrong. But she had no idea that it was a felony. After all, fake IDs are common within the college population.

“Our justice system is so turned around if you ask me. I feel like they initiate these laws purposely just to see how many they can get behind bars that day," Murray said. "My goal is to educate other students on these changing regulations whether it applies to their everyday life or not.”

This club is different than the pre-law club. The Abiding by the Law club focuses primarily on possibly amend existing laws. For instance, fake ID’ are only a felony if they are really fake and not just someone else’s ID that you are using.

Murray said she was lucky in that the fake ID was taken away and she did not go to jail.

But IDs aren't the only area of concern. Murray noted that in some states, you cannot talk on your cell phone and drive. She said her mother passed a traffic camera while in Chicago and received a ticket in the mail the next day.

“I had no idea that it was illegal to drive and talk on my cell phone. In fact, they are pushing for this law to pass here in Florida. Although I do think it’s a great idea, they should make it more aware that the law exists. Put up signs on the road saying don’t talk and drive, because when I was visiting in Illinois it was so frustrating receiving a ticket for something I had no idea I done wrong,” said Vanessa Murray, Stephanie’s mother.

The Abiding by the Law Club meets on Sundays and members go over the recent arrests for that week. They talk about why those people got arrested and debate whether the outcomes could be different if people were aware of the law under which they were charged.

“It is actually very interesting. Some of the reasons for these arrests are so outrageous. One lady tried a grape from her bag of grapes that she was purchasing at Publix, they arrested her for shoplifting. Who knew that trying a grape would result in jail time?” said Jennifer Greene, a freshman studying political science and a member of the club.

 

 
 

 
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