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  • The Overfederalization of Crime in America

    04/04/2014 1:01:43 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 29 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-4-14 | Cara Sullivan
    In March 2013, Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped balloons in the air as a romantic gesture for his girlfriend. After a Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the gesture, Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals and plants—a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. While some criminal laws and sanctions are necessary to protect safety and ensure justice, America’s criminal code includes many activities that Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, law-abiding individuals and businesses spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosecution for...
  • California 'lifers' leaving prison at record pace

    02/25/2014 9:24:02 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2014
    For decades, California's criminal justice policies ensured that murderers and others sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole, could expect to die in prison. And most of the time, they did. Since Gov. Jerry Brown assumed office in January 2011, a record number of inmates with life sentences are winning parole. Brown has allowed the release of nearly 1,400 lifers, while going along with the parole board about 82 percent of the time.
  • Study: Real-Life Hit Men Nothing Like 'Sherlock' Shadowy Snipers

    02/02/2014 6:12:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | January 27, 2014 | Stephanie Pappas
    In the second season of the BBC's hit show "Sherlock," shadowy snipers threaten the eponymous detective's friends by skulking around stairwells with high-powered rifles or infiltrating their homes and workplaces. In real life, targets of assassination in Britain are more likely to be killed while walking their dogs or going shopping, new research finds. The study of contract killings spanning from 1974 to 2013, published in The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, finds that assassinations are often rather mundane. "Hit men are familiar figures in films and video games, carrying out 'hits' in underworld bars or from the rooftops with...
  • Should False Rape Accusers Be Sued?

    12/17/2013 5:04:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | December 17, 2013 | Roxanne Jones
    Eighty years -- that's about how long it took the state of Alabama to posthumously pardon the last three of nine men who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping two white women on a train. They infamously were called the Scottsboro Boys, because the nine black men were just 12- to 19-years-old when they were arrested in 1931. It turned out that the women, Ruby Bates and Victoria Price, had lied to police about the rapes. At one of the trials, Bates recanted her testimony, saying she had made it all up. Still, the all-white jury convicted the...
  • Hundreds of violent felons improperly getting Cook County boot camp

    11/22/2013 10:43:58 AM PST · by Q-ManRN · 16 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Frank Main
    A Sun-Times survey of thousands of pages of court records found that since 2006, Cook County judges have handed down hundreds of improper boot camp sentences to violent felons. Simons’ case ended in tragedy. Less than two years after he was sent to the four-month boot camp program, Simons was charged with murdering Kermit Delashment II, a 21-year-old college student with big dreams. Delashment’s death was the 500th killing of 2008 in Chicago. In all, 17 armed robbers got such a break during that period in Cook County. After their release from the program, 12 of those 17 men were...
  • Crime Control and the Enemies of the People

    04/13/2013 7:31:13 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 13, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Ever think of what gun control has to do with crime prevention? Ever think about the political parties desires regarding crime prevention at all? Just as an intellectual exercise, let’s imagine for a moment that you weren’t happy about the level of crime in America, and you wished there was more of it. I know, sounds ridiculous, even impossible. But just for the moment, let’s consider what one might do – what policies one might further, what positions a political party might adopt – in pursuit of such a goal. FREEDOM FOR THE GUILTY You might want to start by...
  • When You’re Falsely Accused of a Gun Crime – 12 Things You Need to Know

    11/29/2012 7:30:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Michelle Gesse
    Until you’re accused of a crime, you may be blissfully ignorant of the fact that “innocent until proven guilty” is a myth. In reality, it’s the opposite. Michelle Gesse, whose husband lived the nightmare of being falsely accused of a firearms related felony, explains what all Americans need to know now about the criminal justice system. Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us. Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an...
  • Should There Be Mercy For the Murderous?

    11/26/2012 12:26:57 PM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 26, 2012 | JP
    It’s been 20 years since I sat across a conference table from the attorney representing Robert Alton Harris, a double-murderer who had spent 13 years on California’s Death Row. The attorney hoped to make the case that, despite his crimes, Harris should be spared his scheduled date with the executioner. He related that the convicted murderer was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. That he was neglected as a child. That he was abused as an adolescent. I’m sorry, I told the attorney. Your client killed two boys. He deserves to pay the forfeit for taking innocent lives. And not long...
  • Pastor’s Faith Tested By His Son’s Murder

    08/13/2012 8:43:25 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 14 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 13, 2012 | JP
    Imagine yourself a parent whose 22-year-old son was brutally murdered by three thugs, two of whom have lengthy criminal rap sheets. And imagine the trial of your son’s killers delayed not once, not twice, but three times over the past three and a half years, owing to the legal maneuvers of lawyers representing the accused. That’s the ordeal Pastor Ron Armstrong has endured. And today he makes his way to a Southern California courtroom – yet again – praying that his son’s killers will finally answer for their crime. Pastor Ron freely admits that his soul has been tormented since...
  • Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ Defendant is Convicted in Slaying (Disabled, Retired Marine Convicted)

    05/31/2012 8:25:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 86 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Wed, May. 30, 2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying A PHILADELPHIA JUDGE said Wednesday he was convinced that a disabled, retired Marine was being attacked in the moments before he fatally stabbed a man last October, but he concluded that the stabbing was still a criminal act rather than self-defense. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner then convicted Jonathan Lowe, 57, of voluntary manslaughter and possession of an instrument of crime. The judge found him not guilty of the more-serious charges of first- and third-degree murder. Lowe, who wears a pacemaker and has survived two strokes and two heart surgeries, could face...
  • South Korea Unveils Robotic Prison Guards, Promises Futuristic Cavity Searches

    05/28/2012 4:26:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 16, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    South Korea unveils robotic prison guards, promises futuristic cavity searches To round out their drug-sniffing clone dog army, South Korean authorities are now experimenting with robotic prison guards. Lest you think these cyber-wardens will be equipped with gatling guns in the style of Robocop's ED-209, know that this alarm-equipped bot has more in common with the Death Star's delivery droids. Of course, the robots' responsibilities may expand as the technology improves. Explains Reuters of these security machines' potential uses: The robot has been designed to patrol a prison autonomously, but an IPad will allow manual control as well. The next...
  • Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison (Summer-Camp-Like Island Prison in Southern Norway)

    05/25/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | May 24, 2012 | John D. Sutter CNN
    Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison BASTOY, Norway (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch...
  • CA death penalty poll shows dramatic consensus (The vast majority want it)

    03/02/2012 10:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Longtime readers know that I personally oppose the death penalty, and that mine is a minority opinion around here — and I’m comfortable with that. If I wasn’t, I might look for moral support from one of the most hopelessly liberal states in the country, my native state of California. Surely, if one state would have an electorate opposed to the death penalty, it would be the one who keeps cluelessly electing Democrats in a near-one-party government despite thundering towards fiscal and economic collapse. Right?Wrong: By 2:1, CA Voters Back Death Penalty: 61% of registered voters from the state of...
  • US inmates' 40 years in solitary must end: Amnesty

    06/06/2011 7:52:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 73 replies
    AFP ^ | June 6, 2011
    Two US prisoners who have been held in solitary confinement for nearly 40 years should have their isolation ended immediately, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Albert Woodfox, 64, and Herman Wallace, 69, have been held in solitary at Louisiana State Penitentiary ever since they were convicted of murdering a prison guard in 1972, the London-based human rights group said. Their four-decade ordeal "is cruel and inhumane and a violation of the US's obligations under international law," said Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty's Americas deputy director.
  • Lawyer involved In prosecution Of Sen. Ted Stevens commits suicide

    09/27/2010 12:26:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | September 26, 2010
    NPR's Carrie Johnson has learned that lawyer Nick Marsh took his own life over the weekend. Marsh was one of the lawyers who prosecuted former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens for corruption, a prosecution that failed amidst charges of misconduct. The Attorney General dropped that case, saying there were problems with sharing evidence with the defense. The judge in the case appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether the government had broken the law. Separately, the Justice department's Office of Professional Responsibility launched a probe of its own. The investigation had been going on for more than a year and a...
  • Domestic Violence Fairytales Threaten Constitutional Protections

    09/02/2010 5:21:40 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 2, 2010 | Carey Roberts
    Kristin Ruggiero of New Hampshire figured it would be a slam dunk. The gambit worked like a charm during the divorce hearing; now she would bring the case to criminal court. Her husband Jeffrey, an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, was an incorrigible batterer, at least that’s what she led to the judge to believe. That got him convicted of criminal threatening, and she won custody of their 7-year-old daughter. But Kristin Ruggiero wasn’t finished. One day, the woman bragged to her startled ex, “I took all your money, I took your daughter, and now I’m going to take...
  • Were Killers Nabbed in an Illegal Traffic Stop?

    08/12/2010 4:55:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Late one night in March 1988, Officer Alan Wightman was patrolling Main Street in downtown Visalia (Tulare County) when he saw a Ford Fairmont speckled with raindrops approaching an intersection. Because the rain had stopped a few hours earlier, Wightman deduced that the car had been parked nearby, in an area where auto thefts and other crimes had been rampant. So he decided to follow it. The driver cruised along city streets and onto a short stretch of freeway, where he kept his speed at 40 miles an hour in a 55-mph zone. Wightman by then had checked the plates...
  • Inside A Psychopath's Brain: The Sentencing Debate

    06/30/2010 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Borges · 34 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | 06/30/10 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    Kent Kiehl has studied hundreds of psychopaths. Kiehl is one of the world's leading investigators of psychopathy and a professor at the University of New Mexico. He says he can often see it in their eyes: There's an intensity in their stare, as if they're trying to pick up signals on how to respond. But the eyes are not an element of psychopathy, just a clue. Officially, Kiehl scores their pathology on the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, which measures traits such as the inability to feel empathy or remorse, pathological lying, or impulsivity. "The scores range from zero to 40," Kiehl...
  • Finger-in-Chili Woman Banned From Wendy's

    03/12/2010 3:39:14 PM PST · by Baladas · 8 replies · 556+ views
    AOL News ^ | 03/12/10 | David Knowles
    March 11) -- Anna Ayala will not be dining at a Wendy's restaurant anytime soon. The woman who gained infamy in 2005 when she planted a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili is out of prison. One of the conditions of her probation is that she never set foot in the fast-food chain again. In her first interview since her release, Ayala admitted to CBS affiliate KPIX-TV that she had cooked the finger in a bowl of chili and later transferred it into a Wendy's container. "I cooked it," she told KPIX. Ayala said that, following a Wendy's...
  • Time out: Alabama judge delays trial for college football

    12/18/2009 8:11:22 PM PST · by UAConservative · 12 replies · 438+ views
    Yahoo News (CS Monitor) ^ | December 18, 2009 | Carmen K. Sisson
    Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Every good Southerner knows there are only two religions in Alabama – football and football. This week, a new maxim emerged: When it comes to the state judicial system, there’s a lot of crimson hiding beneath those billowing black robes. Circuit Judge Dan King announced Wednesday he would grant a delay in the civil suit Traywick v. Energen Corporation, which was scheduled for trial Jan. 4 in Bessemer, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. The reason? Energen’s defense attorneys want to attend the showdown between the University of Alabama and University of Texas at Austin, scheduled for Jan....
  • Doing Crime Without Time

    08/28/2009 8:56:11 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 278+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 28, 2009 | Anthony Kang
    Doing Crime Without Time by: Anthony Kang, August 28, 2009 The rule of law is imperative in order for any nation and society to function, prosper, and survive. In regards to the law and order most appropriate and just for juvenile offenders under the age of 18, decisions about sentencing are delegated to the juvenile court systems for judgment and rehabilitation. Therefore, the 2005 Roper v. Simmons decision was highly scrutinized, as the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision banned capital punishment’s applicability against defendants who were held on trial for crimes they had originally committed under the age of 18....
  • Cruel to Be Kind

    08/27/2009 10:35:02 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 382+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 27, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Cruel to Be Kind? by: Brittany Fortier, August 27, 2009 One of the more controversial trends in the criminal justice system today is the lobbying effort currently underway to abolish life-without-parole for juvenile offenders. Anti-incarceration activists seek to extend the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roper v. Simmons, which prohibited the death penalty in the cases for juveniles. If they are successful, the “cruel and unusual punishment” analysis used in Roper will be applied to life-without-parole sentences. A panel of legal experts discussed this issue at the Heritage Foundation on August 17, 2009. Paul Wallace, Chief of Appeals at the Delaware...
  • MSNBC: Congressman Calls for Obama to Apologize

    07/29/2009 5:42:59 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 19 replies · 879+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2009 | John Perazzo
    Yesterday on MSNBC’s Hardball, Republican Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan told Chris Matthews why he has called for a formal act of Congress telling Barack Obama to apologize for saying that Cambridge Police Sergeant Jim Crowley had “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates two weeks ago. (Snip) While apologizing to Crowley and to the Cambridge police would indeed be an appropriate thing for Obama to do, an act of far greater significance would be for him to retract another portion of his statement – his claim that the arrest of Gates was emblematic of the “long history in this...
  • Obama Says Racism Affects Criminal-Justice System

    07/23/2009 10:19:47 AM PDT · by liesel2000 · 30 replies · 1,508+ views
    NewsReal ^ | July 23, 2009 | John Perazzo
    Racism in the criminal-justice system is not a thing of the past, says Barack Obama, citing the recent arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates. (Snip) Yesterday President Obama spoke out about the incident: “I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us [in Gates’ position] would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this...
  • Hip Hype Justice?

    07/13/2009 10:36:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 398+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 13, 2009 | Brittany Fortier
    Hip Hype Justice? by: Brittany Fortier, July 13, 2009 The ongoing debate concerning the disproportionate presence of African-Americans and other minorities in the criminal justice system has become crucial as the United States tries to find an approach to fund its prisons in an ailing economy. Paul Butler, a former prosecutor and author of the book Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice, spoke about this issue at the Center for American Progress (CAP) on July 1, 2009. He believes the criminal justice system needs to undergo major reform. “I didn’t go to law school to put anybody...
  • Response to DOJ 'Fact Sheet' (Prosecuting/Detaining Terrorists in U.S. Criminal Justice System

    06/16/2009 1:41:32 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 3 replies · 654+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | June 16, 2009 | Debra Burlingame
    In Washington today and tomorrow, the DOJ's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) is briefing American family members of those murdered by terrorists, as well as those injured during terrorist attacks. The stated purpose of the briefing is to: ...[offer] those interested the opportunity to meet task force members, hear an overview of task force work, and express views about the policy questions the Detention Policy Task Force is studying. Please click on the link for the Detention Policy Task Force to see some of the questions that the task force is considering. ... For those unable...
  • Killer Wilson executed at Lucasville

    06/03/2009 6:44:40 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 9 replies · 587+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 6-3-09 | Alan Johnson
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- The "horrendous decision" that Daniel Wilson made 18 years ago came full circle this morning when he was executed for locking Carol Lutz in the trunk of her car and setting it on fire. Wilson, 39, died at 10:33 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville.
  • Killer Parolees: Who, How And Why

    02/17/2009 7:24:56 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 4 replies · 465+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | February 17, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    More to come about this http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/02/17/news/local_state/doc499a54832a9b2004701569.txt
  • Sacramento judge finds sex offender law unconstitutional

    02/14/2009 10:51:09 AM PST · by Califreak · 35 replies · 1,147+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 14, 2009 | Denny Walsh
    In only the third such ruling in the nation, a Sacramento judge has found to be unconstitutional a statute that makes it a federal crime for someone to fail to register as a sex offender and relocate from one state to another. U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton found that, in enacting the 2006 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, "Congress overstepped its authority under the (Constitution's) commerce clause." Karlton made rulings this week in two prosecutions and threw them out, saying SORNA does not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's standard for congressional jurisdiction over interstate commerce. Federal prosecutors immediately...
  • Rapist worked at L.A. County hospitals despite reviews of record

    01/31/2009 4:14:29 PM PST · by Baladas · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 31, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
    A man who raped women as an on-duty Los Angeles police officer, threatening them with arrest and jail if they did not submit, was hired by Los Angeles County as an X-ray technologist after he got out of prison, even though the job would leave him working alone and unsupervised with female patients. His hiring at County-USC Medical Center a decade ago was not an oversight. The man -- whose actions cost the city of Los Angeles nearly $300,000 in settlements for his victims -- disclosed his criminal history in his county job application. Both the head of hospital human...
  • Notorious Oregon child killer Diane Downs up for parole

    12/03/2008 5:48:01 PM PST · by Baladas · 28 replies · 1,989+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 3, 2008 | AP staff
    SALEM, Ore. — Twenty-five years later, Diane Downs still insists that she is innocent of shooting her children, one fatally, in a crime that riveted Oregonians and was recounted in an Ann Rule book and a TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett. Next Tuesday, she comes up for a parole hearing. Anticipating a crowd of reporters and others, the parole board has moved its hearing to a community college studio. Downs, now 53, was convicted in 1984. Suspicion turned to her shortly after she arrived at a Springfield hospital, her three children wounded and a bullet in her left arm, shouting,...
  • Judge Who Freed Accused Killer Defended (MA)

    11/26/2007 2:19:40 PM PST · by Baladas · 39 replies · 120+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 26 05:27 PM US/Eastern | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts judge was just doing her job when she freed a convicted killer now charged with murdering a newlywed couple, the chief judge of the state Superior Court said Monday in a case that has become enmeshed in the presidential campaign. Republican Rudy Giuliani has cited the case to criticize former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's record on crime. Romney, who appointed the judge, has called on her to resign. On Monday, Chief Justice Barbara Rouse said Judge Kathe Tuttman applied the law to the facts that were before her when she made the decision to free...
  • Government leaders target teacher sexual misconduct (opens its now-secret books)

    11/04/2007 5:10:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 201+ views
    The News Virginian ^ | 10/03/07 | Robert Tanner
    Government leaders target teacher sexual misconductBy Robert Tanner The Associated Press Saturday, November 3, 2007 The state government would open its now-secret books on teacher sexual misconduct in Maine. Missouri school districts would be barred from backroom deals that let misbehaving teachers quietly move on. New York would be able to swiftly remove convicted teachers’ licenses. Across the country, governors, legislative leaders and top education officials are pledging to close loopholes that have allowed teacher sexual misconduct to persist. In Congress, legislation that targets such misbehavior has gathered more sponsors. The efforts follow an Associated Press investigation last month that...
  • Child Rape Suspect Considered 'Free Man,' Local Authorities Say (gag alert)

    07/24/2007 3:40:15 PM PDT · by Baladas · 10 replies · 573+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | July 24, 2007 | Kristin Brown, Gretchen Gailey and Greg Simmons
    Mahamu Kanneh, 23, was indicted in December 2004 on nine counts of rape, sex abuse and child abuse related to allegations involving Kanneh's two nieces — one 7 at the time, and the other 18 months old. Last week, a Montgomery County, Md., judge dismissed the case on grounds that Kanneh's rights to a speedy trial were violated. The local prosecutor is appealing the decision.
  • Pedophiles would be banned from living in 90 percent of Fort Lauderdale under proposal

    06/20/2007 12:19:11 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 395+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 20 2007 | Brittany Wallman
    FORT LAUDERDALE -- FORT LAUDERDALE Sexual offenders and predators would be banned from living in 90 percent of Fort Lauderdale, under a proposed law the city intends to pass later this year. Commissioners said Tuesday they plan to join the long list of municipalities — 25 in Broward so far — adopting their own restrictions about how close to schools, parks and day-care facilities sexual offenders can live. The ordinances are intended to be tougher than state law, to protect children from pedophiles living nearby. Fort Lauderdale's proposal would leave more places for offenders to live, compared with some Broward...
  • Thomas makes moves to deny bail to immigrants accused of crimes (AZ)

    06/15/2007 8:49:57 PM PDT · by Baladas · 9 replies · 482+ views
    KVOA ^ | June 15, 2007 | KVOA staff
    PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas on Friday opened two new fronts in his push to prod judges in the state's most populous county to enforce a voter-approval ban on bail for illegal immigrants accused of serious crime. Thomas filed a special-action appeal with the Arizona Supreme Court, asking the justices to overturn a Superior Court commissioner's decision to allow release of a kidnapping defendant who, the appeal said, acknowledged to police that he'd been smuggled into the United States. The commissioner applied too high of a legal standard when determining whether the defendant was an illegal immigrant, and...
  • Man confesses to molesting 13 children after slitting wrist (yes, an illegal)

    06/14/2007 1:02:02 PM PDT · by Baladas · 18 replies · 781+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2007 | The Associated Press
    MAGNOLIA, Texas -- An illegal immigrant confessed to sexually assaulting 13 children when police responded to an emergency medical call after he slit his wrist, police said. Mauricio Ojeda, 29, remained jailed Wednesday on a charge of indecency with a child after telling police about the assaults when they responded to the call at his house April 29. Magnolia Police Chief Ronald Cunningham said Ojeda had self-inflicted cuts on his wrist and no pulse when they arrived. Ojeda was revived by medical personnel and said he had been "a bad boy" and had assaulted 13 children who had lived in...
  • Former ACLU president in Va. to plead guilty in child porn case

    05/23/2007 7:00:11 PM PDT · by Baladas · 40 replies · 1,281+ views
    WDBJ7-Roanoke ^ | May 23, 2007 | Associated Press staff
    McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Court records show a former president of the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is expected to plead guilty to charges stemming from child pornography possession case. A judge in Alexandria today scheduled a plea agreement hearing for 51-year-old Charles Rust-Tierney of Arlington. It was not clear what charges would be included in the plea agreement. A grand jury indicted Rust-Tierney earlier this month on one count each of receipt and possession of child pornography. According to federal sentencing guidelines, a conviction at trial on both counts could have resulted in a prison sentence...
  • Ex-Mets worker pleads guilty to distribution

    04/27/2007 6:36:07 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 6 replies · 524+ views
    AP ^ | 04/27/07
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former New York Mets clubhouse employee pleaded guilty Friday to distributing steroids to major league players, and is cooperating with baseball's steroids investigation. Kirk Radomski, 37, admitted providing anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, Clenbuterol, amphetamines and other drugs to "dozens of current and former Major League Baseball players, and associates, on teams throughout Major League Baseball," San Francisco U.S. Attorney Scott Schools said in a statement. "The distribution of anabolic steroids to professional athletes cheats both the paying public and the clean athletes and is a serious crime," Schools said. "This investigation shows that distribution...
  • A Crime Most Foul (good-looking defendants more likely to walk)

    04/02/2007 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 743+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 2, 2007 | Suzanne Fields
    "Lookism" is a crime most foul in a perfect world devised by radical feminists, though most women will usually overlook the crime when a good-looking man gives them a respectful once-over. But researchers in England, source of our common law, have identified a real crime: Jurors are more likely to convict "ugly" defendants than "attractive" defendants. The investigators are from Bath Spa University in Bath, the lovely Somerset resort where Beau Nash set down rules of polite society and where Chaucer set his morality tale of a witch who gave an errant knight his choice of a wife "foul and...
  • Is The Iraqi Criminal Justice System More Efficient Than Ours?

    03/24/2007 1:57:22 PM PDT · by theothercheek · 13 replies · 403+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | March 23, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity began before the Iraqi Special Tribunal on October 19, 2005. On November 5, 2006, the former Iraqi dictator was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. Hussein’s appeal was rejected on December 26, 2006 and he was ordered executed within 30 days. On December 30, 2006, Hussein was hanged. The Iraqis bungled the hanging, but justice was carried out in less than 15 months.Compare Hussein’s trial – and remember, he had the blood of tens of thousands of people on his hands – with the trial of GA rape suspect, Brian Nichols,...
  • Disrespecting Jessica (Bill O'Reilly)

    02/24/2007 10:46:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,439+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 26, 2007 | Bill O'Reilly
    The national media won't tell you, but in Miami right now, a man named John Couey is on trial for brutally killing a 9-year-old girl named Jessica Lunsford. Couey, a convicted sex offender, kidnapped Jessica out of her modest Florida home, brought her to a trailer, sexually abused her, and then buried her alive. When authorities found her body, she was clutching a stuffed dolphin. Because of that heinous act, the state of Florida passed "Jessica's Law," which mandates that a first-time conviction for felony sexual battery on a child will result in a 25-years-to-life prison sentence. No plea bargain,...
  • Long Beach teens get probation in hate-crime case

    02/03/2007 6:53:10 AM PST · by Menehune56 · 47 replies · 1,755+ views
    Copley News Service ^ | 2/3/2007 | Matt Krasnowski
    LONG BEACH – Angering one victim's family, a judge yesterday sentenced four black youths to probation with 60 days of home detention in the racially motivated Halloween beatings of three white women. The sentences by Juvenile Court Judge Gibson Lee touched off another series of bitter words in a case that seems to spark outrage at every step. For the past few months, it has tested the harmony of this coastal city of 475,000, which touts its diversity. “The juvenile system is a joke,” said Barbara Schneider, as her 19-year-old daughter, Laura, sobbed on her shoulder. Her comments outside court...
  • Vic Toews' unfinished business (Canada: great pro law & order Editorial)

    12/29/2006 11:04:02 AM PST · by GMMAC · 3 replies · 369+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Friday, December 29, 2006 | Editorial
    Vic Toews' unfinished business National Post: EDITORIAL Published: Friday, December 29, 2006 Almost one year ago, our votes piled up in such a way that we elected a Conservative government with a short leash attached to its neck. The 39th Parliament has been able to pass a few useful measures, but in a splintered House of Commons, the government's agenda remains trapped within narrow limits in many areas. Unfortunately for Canadians, one of these areas is criminal justice, one of the Conservatives' strongest electoral suits. In the past, Canadians have tolerated, rather than celebrated, the lax policies of Liberal...
  • Deported criminals sometimes return

    02/13/2006 1:48:48 PM PST · by Jhohanna · 33 replies · 1,008+ views
    Gazette Telegraph ^ | THE GAZETTE | R. SCOTT RAPPOLD
    For Fredy Lopez-Gamez, American justice has been a revolving door. In September, after four arrests in Colorado Springs, he was finally deported by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to his native Mexico, a free ride home that didn’t keep him away for long. Within two months, police say, he was back, masterminding the brazen kidnapping of a prominent local businessman on Nov. 25. Three days after the kidnapping, a prior felony drug case that could have netted Lopez-Gamez four to 12 years in prison was dropped. Prosecutors thought he was still in Mexico, and a judge ordered...
  • Change the culture & save some lives (What Do Freepers Think? Is What I Have Written True?)

    02/08/2006 4:52:23 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 8 replies · 454+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 2-8-06 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    THERE WAS an average of about one murder a day in Philadelphia last year, the most homicides in about seven years. One of the reasons, according to the mayor and police commissioner, is that guns are too easy to obtain in Philadelphia. If easy access to guns were responsible for homicides, then gun clubs would be the most dangerous places on the planet. But it isn't - and they aren't. In 1998, the city was also trying to solve the homicide problem. The city brain trust created a Youth Violence Task Force that included such liberal luminaries as Temple law...
  • Prof. Questions Gov't Monopoly on Marijuana

    12/12/2005 5:14:17 PM PST · by LouAvul · 55 replies · 773+ views
    yahoo ^ | 12-12-05
    WASHINGTON - Put this in your pipe and smoke it: A University of Massachusetts professor says the medical marijuana grown by the federal government isn't very good. He wants a permit to cultivate his own pot, saying it will be better for research. Lyle Craker, a horticulturist who heads the school's medicinal plant program, is challenging the government's 36-year-old monopoly on research marijuana. Craker's suit claims government-grown marijuana lacks the potency medical researchers need to make important breakthroughs. "The government's marijuana just isn't strong enough," said Richard Doblin, a Craker supporter who heads the Massachusetts-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies....
  • If Life Sentence is Worse than Death Penalty, Why do Tookie's Fans Seek it for Him? [Vanity]

    11/27/2005 5:22:21 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 962+ views
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    It is fashionable among death-penalty opponents to claim that life in prison without the possibility of parole amounts to worse punishment than the death penalty. For example, Bill Kurtis, host of A&E's "Investigative Reports" who has written a book advocating abolition of the death penalty, asserts that: "Life without parole is bad. Worse than [executing] somebody." If death-penalty opponents truly believe this, then why would the supporters of Tookie Williams be so avidly advocating the commutation of his death sentence to life without parole? It's hard to believe they wish to inflict harsher punishment on Williams. Isn't this proof that,...
  • Mo. Prison Overruled on Inmate Abortion

    10/14/2005 6:26:15 PM PDT · by ruhwaterloo · 11 replies · 470+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/14/05 | DAVID TWIDDY
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A federal judge ordered Missouri prison officials to drive a pregnant inmate to a clinic and let her get an abortion despite a state law that forbids the spending of tax dollars to facilitate an abortion. U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple ruled Thursday that the prison system is blocking the woman from exercising her right to an abortion. On Friday, he refused to stay the ruling, and ordered that the woman be taken to the clinic on Saturday. The woman, whose name was not disclosed in court papers, has said she will borrow money for the...
  • Why have penitentiaries anyway?

    11/26/2004 7:15:03 AM PST · by FNU LNU · 23 replies · 727+ views
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | 11/26/04 | Samuel G. Dawson
    Why Have Penitentiaries Anyway? Most people realize that the court and penal systems in North America are seriously broken and must be fixed, yet contemplating doing away with penitentiaries sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Barely 200 years ago, an experiment began which has cost us untold billions of dollars. Just last year, this experiment resulted in 1.4 million adults incarcerated in federal and state penitentiaries (a figure which has quadrupled since 1980) at a cost of nearly $40,000 each. As Alan Elsner pointed out in a recent Washington Post article, 2.2 million people are engaged in catching criminals and putting and...