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  • Is the Criminal Justice System Racist?

    08/17/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Events in Ferguson, Missouri raise this question: Is the criminal justice system unfair to minorities, especially blacks? Liberal blogger Ezra Klein says it is. And libertarian Rand Paul agrees. Klein serves up these statistics: · Of people impacted by a SWAT deployment, at least 54 percent were minorities. · White and black people are similarly likely to use drugs, but black people are 3.6 times likelier to be arrested for drug use than white people. · Until 2010, triggering the mandatory 5-year sentence for cocaine, which is used more often in the white community, required possession of 100 times as...
  • Must We Have a Dead White Kid?

    08/15/2014 7:37:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The facts that seem undisputed -- and in these situations that is so rare -- are that an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was walking in a street; an altercation occurred with a police officer; the officer gave chase to Mr. Brown after the scuffle and shot Mr. Brown at least once in the back, approximately 20 feet from where the scuffle occurred. The police officer claims Mr. Brown tried to take the police officer's gun. Witnesses disagree. What is undisputed is by the time you read this, Mr. Brown, who worked his way through a bleak high school...
  • Opportunism Impedes Path to Clarity in Ferguson

    08/15/2014 5:59:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Call me crazy, but police in riot gear seem a thoroughly appropriate response to actual rioting. But even that basic logic is being shattered in Ferguson, Missouri, along with various store windows, as lawless opportunists take every advantage of a police shooting that deserves sober, objective review. If the opportunism of vicious vandals is not enough, add the kerosene of race-baiting showboats arriving on the scene to aggrandize themselves against the basic interests of the community. So what does that community need? Best to begin with what it does not need. It does not need the President of the...
  • Colonial Crimes and Punishments

    08/10/2014 8:39:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Colonial Williamsburg
    Colonial Crimes and Punishments Crime: assault in sudden anger, blasphemy, counterfeiting, idolatry, murder, rebellion, robbery of a church, witchcraft Punishment: death by hanging Crime: denying God, killing chickens, spying, stealing grapes, striking one’s mother or father Punishment: death (usually by hanging) Crime: forgery, manslaughter, theft Punishment: branding with an “F” for forgery, an “M” for manslaughter, or a “T” for theft Crime: hog theft Punishment: first offense: 25 lashes and a fine of 400 pounds of tobacco (39 lashes for a Native American or mulatto), second offense: time in the pillory, ear nailing third offense: death (usually by hanging)...
  • Knoxville Evil

    08/05/2014 9:19:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Jack Kerwick
    To judge from the ghastly details of “The Wichita Massacre” that I relayed in a recent article, it is difficult not to think that this abomination of a crime supplies us with as blatant an expression of unmitigated evil as any that we’re likely to encounter. Indeed, Reginald Carr and his brother Jonathan are in fact the “soulless monsters” that one of their two surviving victims described them as being, and if they were white and their victims were black—rather than the other way around—there isn’t a person in America who wouldn’t have long known this. Yet as a...
  • Knock Out Avoidance: How To Dodge Being A Victim of Violent Thugs

    12/01/2013 7:43:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 134 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Can you imagine getting a phone call that your sweet, seventy-three year old grandma was sucker punched by a roving band of teenaged thugs and she’s now in ICU with a broken jaw and a cracked noggin? You can’t? Yeah, me either. But we should start envisioning such a bizarre scenario for our sainted elders and others because “the knockout game” is all the rage for demonic hood rats lurking the streets. If you’re not dialed in on the sadistic phenomenon known as the “knock out game” then Google it yourself because I’m not going to provide a link to...
  • What could possibly go wrong?!? NY Mayor-Elect De Blasio Gets Policing Advice — from Ex-Cons

    11/22/2013 12:44:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Frank Rosario and Natalie O'Neill
    De Blasio gets policing advice — from ex-cons Forget Ray Kelly, Bill de Blasio is getting his policing advice from the real experts — hardened criminals. A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan “Think Tank” Thursday to describe what they thought the NYPD should be doing to make their lives easier. The felonious forum outlined a clear “get-soft-on-crime” vision. “I like the idea of ending stop and frisk. That was the first thing that was totally there for me,” opined Mikell Green-Grand, a 49-year-old former jailbird who has convictions for grand larceny and identity...
  • Russian Lawyer Welcomes Snowden With 'Crime and Punishment'

    07/24/2013 10:35:16 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/24/2013
    A Russian lawyer who is assisting fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden with his asylum request said Tuesday that he had brought Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 19-century classic novel "Crime and Punishment" to a meeting with him at a Moscow airport. "I bought him Dostoyevsky’s "Crime and Punishment," because I think that he should read about Raskolnikov," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who arrived at Sheremetyevo airport Wednesday afternoon, said in an interview with Rossia 24 TV, referring to the novel's main character who repents after killing an elderly female pawnbroker and is sent to Siberia for punishment. "I am not saying there is...
  • 65-Year-Old Man Says Nurse in Her 20s Raped Him at Philadelphia Hospital

    03/31/2013 8:19:14 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 97 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday, March 29, 2013 | Philip Caulfield /
    65-year-old man says nurse in her 20s raped him at Philadelphia hospital The man claims the woman assaulted him on Feb. 27 while he was at Temple University Hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident. A 65-year-old man says a young female nurse raped him while he was recovering from a motorcycle accident at a Philadelphia hospital last month. The man, who has not been identified, said a Temple University Hospital nurse in her 20s entered his room at around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 27, offered to bathe him and then sexually assaulted him in a bathroom, NBC Philadelphia reported. Police...
  • Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

    02/10/2013 3:53:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them. You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...
  • (Obamaville) ... Hungry Homeless Man Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail for Choking Pelican to Death

    09/08/2012 2:08:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 09/07/2012 | Daily News
    <p>A homeless man was sentenced today to 60 days in jail for choking a pelican to death because he was hungry.</p> <p>The District Attorney's Office said Sergio Alvarez, 30, caught the bird near the Malibu pier on Aug. 22.</p> <p>About 5:50 p.m. that day, a bystander flagged down a sheriff's deputy and said a man was choking a pelican.</p>
  • For Summer 2012 - U.S. Bikini Laws ... Circa 1920s - 1930s

    07/05/2012 8:20:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Retronaunt ^ | Retronaunt
    For Summer 2012 - U.S. Bikini Laws ... Circa 1920s - 1930s Bathing Suit Arrests, Chicago, 1922 “Women being arrested in Chicago for defying a ban on wearing brief swimsuits in public. Women were meant to cover-up when not in the water” - Australian National Maritime Museum US Bikini Laws, 1922 ‘June 30, 1922. Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrell, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee.’ - National Photo Co. US Bikini Laws,...
  • 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...
  • Chicago Area Has Most Corruption Convictions in Nation, UIC Study Says

    02/19/2012 10:49:05 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago area has most corruption convictions in nation, UIC study says The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department. Meanwhile, Illinois logged 1,828 public corruption convictions, the third most of any state, according to the report. Only California and New York had more. But those...
  • (CSI Poop Police) DNA Test Helps Enforce Pet Clean Up Policy

    02/09/2012 6:45:01 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | February 9, 2012 | Brad Wills
    DNA Test Helps Enforce Pet Clean Up Policy SAN DIEGO - The same DNA technology that has solved cold case murders is now being used to crack down on a whole new class of criminals: dog owners who don't clean up after their pets. "Unfortunately, people leave surprises in my yard, but I always carry plastic bags, so I can clean up those surprises," said dog owner Ted Stevens. Now, BioPet Vet Lab ,a company in Knoxville, Tenn., has developed technology that is says can identify the dogs that leave unwelcome calling cards on neighborhood lawns. The system, called Pooprints,...
  • Looking into the eyes of evil no more

    08/31/2011 8:08:09 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | August 31, 2011 | John David Powell
    Individuals wiser than I tell us the balance of nature allows for both good and bad, although not always in equal measure. Most of the time, we must search hard for the good in a situation so our personal scales will balance. Priests and preachers put it another way by teaching us that God does not close a door without opening another. In the case of our family and of the man who tortured and killed my wife’s sister nearly 30 years ago, the closing of his prison cell opens the door for our long-delayed healing. If you have not...
  • Schumer 'pained and saddened'

    06/06/2011 7:45:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2011 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Chuck Schumer refused to answer questions Monday evening about the Twitter scandal that has ensnared Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), his one-time congressional aide. But in a statement, the powerful Democratic senator said he was "deeply pained and saddened" about the married congressman's admission at a New York news conference Monday that he carried on lewd online conversations with at least half a dozen women. "By fully explaining himself, apologizing to all he hurt and taking full responsibility for his wrongful actions, Anthony did the right thing," Schumer said. "He remains a talented and committed public servant, and I pray...
  • CALIFORNIA: Counties worried about Brown plan to offload parolees

    02/07/2011 12:43:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/7/11 | Brad Branan
    Capital region counties, already struggling to supervise probationers, are concerned about Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to add parolees to their workloads. Parole supervision is one of several services the governor wants to shift from state responsibility to the counties. Sacramento and other counties have lost probation officers to budget cuts in recent years. California counties generally fall below national standards for probation caseloads. The state is now responsible for more than 100,000 parolees, including about 6,000 in the capital region. The proposal would make counties responsible for parolees, felons released from prison, as well as probationers, misdemeanor and felony offenders...
  • Sacramento judge orders juror to OK release of Facebook records

    02/04/2011 12:46:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Sacto 9-1-1 ^ | 2/4/11 | Andy Furillo
    A judge ordered a juror today to allow Facebook to turn over his in-trial postings to the court to determine if the panelist was prejudiced in a recent Sacramento gang-beating trial. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny said in his order that he "must investigate" the postings as a result of the juror's misconduct of discussing the case publicly in violation of a judicial admonition not to do so. Kenny's order circumvents a constitutional issue that arose in his courtroom. Facebook had contended that it was precluded by the federal Stored Communications Act of releasing the postings without the...
  • Schwarzenegger's commutation didn't serve justice

    01/06/2011 8:20:11 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his last remaining hours as California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger issued three sentence commutations. The most notable went to the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, Esteban Núñez, who is serving time for voluntary manslaughter. Núñez's legal problems began in San Diego on Oct. 4, 2008. After Núñez, then 19, and some friends were not admitted to a fraternity party, they went looking for a fight. They found a group of students who also had been drinking. After a short but fatal clash, Luis Dos Santos, 22, lay dying. Schwarzenegger wrote that he reduced Núñez's sentence from 16 years...
  • Calif. Pol Touts 'Pedophile Island' for Sex Offenders

    05/22/2010 7:26:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 866+ views
    AOL News ^ | May 21, 2010 | David Lohr
    Calif. Pol Touts 'Pedophile Island' for Sex Offenders (May 21) -- California gubernatorial candidate Douglas Hughes has made quite a name for himself in recent weeks -- not so much by surging ahead in the polls, but rather by promising, if elected, to create a "Pedophile Island" for convicted sex offenders. "I read the newspapers, and always somewhere buried in the paper somebody has [been] raped, tortured, kidnapped and so forth," Hughes told AOL News. "We are not getting anywhere [by] putting them back in the neighborhood. ... It's like any alcoholic, sex or drug addict -- have it around...
  • 2 arrested in S.F. State building takeover

    04/14/2010 12:37:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 566+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/10 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Two women were arrested at San Francisco State University early today after a group of protesters broke into a campus building, angered by sanctions handed down to demonstrators at a December building takeover, authorities said. The two women, who are not San Francisco State students, were among 19 people who broke into the Cesar Chavez Student Center at about 4 a.m., said university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. University police responded, pepper-sprayed the two protesters when they resisted and arrested them . . .
  • Anti-death penalty movement wooing conservatives

    01/18/2010 3:55:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 1,146+ views
    AP ^ | Mon Jan 18, 6:36 am ET | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    Anti-death penalty movement wooing conservatives LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Roy Brown seems like a rarity — a conservative who's against the death penalty. But to Brown, a state senator and the 2008 Republican nominee for governor of Montana, the philosophy aligns perfectly with conservative ideology. He's one of the more high-profile figures reaching out to other social and fiscal conservatives, hoping to create a bipartisan movement against capital punishment. "I believe that life is precious from the womb to a natural death," Brown said. The Roman Catholic church has long been an organized and vocal critic of the death penalty, but...
  • Accused Gay Couple May Face Death (For Brutal Murder of 55 Year-Old Woman)

    01/09/2010 10:48:56 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies · 1,950+ views
    Recordnet.com ^ | Janaury 09, 2010 | Scott Smith
    By Scott Smith Record Staff Writer January 09, 2010 12:00 AM STOCKTON - Two gay men who could face a death sentence on charges they murdered a Tracy woman last year were mistakenly kept in a cell together despite a judge's order barring their contact, authorities said Friday. Robert and Jorge Morgan - who are legal domestic partners and consider themselves married to each other - stand accused of murdering Cynthia Ramos, 58, on Aug. 6 in her trailer at Green Oaks Mobile Home Park. A forensic pathologist who performed Ramos' autopsy said she was "killed over and over and...
  • A Mass Grave NO MORE

    12/29/2009 11:19:09 AM PST · by Ari Bussel · 11 replies · 582+ views
    A Mass Grave NO MORE by Ari Bussel Like an ancient song, the melody has not changed: a group of Palestinians, armed and trained by the USA with Israeli consent, target a single driver in Judea and Samaria. He was just 45 when his life was taken. His only fault: being Jewish. He dies, leaving a wife and seven children behind. A senseless act of murdering another human being is “heroism” to a barbarian. We, the Jewish People, cannot comprehend this murder. Everything we believe points to holding the sanctity of life above all else. Our enemies, animals of the...
  • 'Dumbest Criminal' Robs Cop (At A Police Convention, No Less...)

    03/29/2009 4:27:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies · 1,513+ views
    The Patriot-News ^ | Saturday, March 28, 2009 | MATTHEW KEMENY
    'Dumbest criminal' robs cop Saturday, March 28, 2009 BY MATTHEW KEMENY Of The Patriot-News Jerome Blanchett took a loaded handgun into the Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East on Friday, passing dozens of unmarked police cars in the parking lot and a sign at the hotel's entrance welcoming 300 officers to the Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers' Association conference, police said. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old Harrisburg man went into the men's room and waited to rob the next person who walked through the door, police said. Unfortunately for Blanchett, that person was John Comparetto, a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant. "He chose to rob...
  • Spate of Executions and Amputations in Iran

    01/10/2008 9:47:54 AM PST · by america4vr · 19 replies · 370+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2007 | Nazila Fahti
    TEHRAN — Iran hanged seven men convicted of murder and drug smuggling in different cities, newspapers reported Thursday, bringing the number of publicly disclosed executions in the first two weeks of this year to 23. The daily Iran reported that two men, identified only by their first names as Mojtaba and Mohammad-Hossein, were hanged for murder Wednesday in the southern city of Jahorm. Three others, convicted of drug trafficking were hanged in eastern city of Birjand on Wedneasday, the daily Jomhouri Islami reported. The daily added that two others convicted of murder were hanged in the northern city of Tonekabon...
  • AN UNWANTED CAMPAIGN STOP FOR HILLARY IN 2008 - Los Angeles Superior Court

    09/02/2007 11:30:37 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 167 replies · 3,740+ views
    hillcap ^ | Sept. 2, 2007 | dfu
    AN UNWANTED CAMPAIGN STOP FOR HILLARY IN 2008 - Los Angeles Superior Court DATELINE Los Angeles FreeRepublic.com Doug from Upland It is called the “Stanley Mosk Courthouse” after the man who was the longest serving justice on the California Supreme court, 37 years, from 1964-2001. The address is 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012. During the campaign of 2008, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be paying a visit, but it won’t be by choice. She won’t be sitting in the lawyer chair. She will be sitting in the witness/defendant chair. The case is Paul v Clinton, an historic...
  • (Former Panamanian Dictator) Noriega's Lawyers To Challenge French Extradition

    07/23/2007 7:57:10 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 387+ views
    CBS4.com ^ | July 23, 2007 | CBS4.com
    Jul 23, 2007 7:57 am US/Eastern Noriega's Lawyers To Challenge French Extradition (CBS4) MIAMI Lawyers for former Panamanian dictator Manual Noriega will challenge a new French extradition request in a Miami courtroom Monday on the grounds that it violates his rights as a prisoner of war. Noriega is currently behind bars in southwest Miami-Dade County. In 1992, he was convicted of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments through Panama into the U.S. during the 1980s. Federal prosecutors want to have Noriega extradited to France to face trial after the U.S. drug trafficking sentence he is serving ends in September. Noriega is charged...
  • Woman gets house arrest for death

    06/12/2007 3:26:05 PM PDT · by MissEdie · 4 replies · 354+ views
    The Item ^ | 6-12-2007 | MissEdie
    Judge suspends prison time for felony DUI conviction By JAMIE HUDSON Item Staff Writer jhudson@theitem.com A Sumter woman who pleaded guilty to felony DUI resulting in the death of a Summerton woman in December was sentenced to seven years in prison suspended to one year of house arrest with three years probation, according to 3rd Circuit Solicitor Kelly Jackson. Amanda Logan, 19, pleaded guilty to the charges Thursday and was sentenced by 3rd Circuit Judge George "Buck" James. According to reports from the S.C. Highway Patrol, Logan had been driving west on Pearson Road at 9:36 p.m. Dec. 9, 2006,...
  • Prison to Limit Inmates Toilet Paper

    04/30/2007 11:03:13 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies · 1,917+ views
    WIBW ^ | N/A | WIBW
    Prison to Limit Inmates Toilet Paper HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ The state prison at Hutchinson is trying to trim its budget by limiting inmates to four rolls of toilet paper each month. Officials say the prison has long had a limit but it hadn't been enforced. This week the warden set a monthly limit of four rolls, a number set by the Kansas Department of Corrections. Inmates also get three bars of hand soap, one tube of toothpaste and one comb each month. An inmate said in a letter to the Hutchinson News that toilet paper has many uses in...
  • UPS rapist is sentenced to 53-years-to-life term

    12/21/2006 9:54:15 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 3,465+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | December 21, 2006 | Dana Littlefield
    UPS rapist is sentenced to 53-years-to-life term By Dana Littlefield UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER December 21, 2006 In letters to a Superior Court judge, friends and family members described Christopher Dale Smith, 22, as a compassionate and “beautiful soul” who always looked out for the underdog. But testimony presented during a San Diego Superior Court trial painted a different picture, the judge said, one of a “complex” and “compulsive” man who raped a young woman at knifepoint while he was supposed to be delivering packages for UPS. “How do I reconcile the Mr. Smith that his family writes about with the...
  • Crime Cover-Up in D.C.

    09/25/2006 5:02:13 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 49 replies · 1,448+ views
    Media Monitor ^ | 9/25/2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    There is terrorism in Baghdad but a criminal gang problem has also been plaguing our nation's capital. In an officially declared "crime emergency," black criminals had been robbing, assaulting, and even raping tourists in the National Mall area, where the Washington Monument and the World War II and Lincoln Memorials stand. This is an area that had been considered safe and "tourist-friendly." Three young black men were arrested for these crimes, but you could search in vain in the local media for any reference to their skin color. Instead, they were described as "D.C. youths" or just "five people." Stories...
  • The Constant Pardoner

    06/24/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by RKV · 12 replies · 413+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 23 June 2006 | Peter Glover
    The minimum five-year sentence for convicted pedophile Craig Sweeney has deepened the public's crisis of confidence in the British criminal justice system -- and stirred the government into pledging a 'sentencing review'. But while the mother of Sweeney's three-year-old victim spoke of wanting to "throttle the judge" who sentenced Sweeney, it is actually the liberalized system itself which may need "throttling". That's the point soon to be made by an explosive new film currently in production entitled Outlaw. Nick Love's film, starring Sean Bean and Bob Hoskins, is designed to show the devastating consequences of a British justice system soft...
  • Parents watch killer's home burn

    07/19/2005 10:47:30 AM PDT · by I still care · 13 replies · 1,233+ views
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | July 19, 2005 | Anthony Lane
    MONETA -- The flames started to subside, and Sheila Kimmell walked toward a fire truck to remove the protective yellow suit she had borrowed. She stopped to exchange a hug with Grayce Keller, who with her husband is one of Moneta's only remaining residents. "You don't have to look at it anymore, Mayor Grayce," Kimmell said. "That's a good thing," Keller replied. The derelict trailer and barn stood next to where the car of 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell was unearthed nearly three years ago. On Monday -- what would have been the younger Kimmell's 36th birthday -- family, friends and...
  • Man gets 20 years on top of life sentence for killing father of ex-girlfriend

    04/08/2005 10:09:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 342+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/9/5 | Jamie Satterfield
    Is it a demand for justice or a thirst for revenge? Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols and Public Defender Mark Stephens squared off Friday in a fiery courtroom debate on that issue, with one of the area's most infamous murder cases as the backdrop. Christopher Shane Harrell has already been ordered by a jury to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the November 2003 shooting death of Lee R. Moody. Nichols insisted at Friday's hearing in Knox County Criminal Court that the price for Harrell's fatal ambush on Moody's family should go higher - even...
  • now safe from "cruel and unusual punishment" for their childhood crimes

    03/03/2005 8:25:19 AM PST · by Zacs Mom · 10 replies · 906+ views
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    In a 5-4 decision the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that executing juvenile offenders violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment - thus outlawing the executions of death row inmates who committed their crimes when they were juveniles. This ruling removes 72 inmates from death rows nationwide. After reading numerous articles regarding this decision I've put together this sampling of some of the "children" now safe from "cruel and unusual punishment" for their childhood crimes:
  • Annie Leong murder mastermind hangs

    12/13/2002 8:17:36 AM PST · by Tai_Chung · 1 replies · 228+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | Dec 13, 4.23 pm (Singapore time)
    SINGAPORE -- The man who hired a 15-year-old boy to kill his ex-wife was hanged on Friday, after losing his appeal against the death sentence, his lawyer said. Anthony Ler Wee Theang, 35, was convicted on Dec 5, 2001, of paying the teenager S$100,000 (US$54,644) to stab his estranged wife, 29-year-old insurance agent Annie Leong. Ler's appeal for a pardon was denied last month, said his lawyer, Mr Subhas Anandan. 'Once that's denied, there is no other avenue to take,' the lawyer said. Only prison officials -- no family members -- were present at Ler's execution, said a spokesman for...