In 2006, Bobby and Christi Shepherd (pictured), six- and seven-year-old siblings, died from carbon monoxide poisoning while holidaying with their family in Corfu. The cause was found to be a faulty boiler close to their hotel room. The Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel was not owned by Thomas Cook and in 2010 a trial in Greece decided that the tour operator could not be held criminally accountable for the tragedy, although it criticised the firm’s health-and-safety procedures. A subsequent inquest into the deaths, which ended this week, recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, and found that Thomas Cook had breached its duty of care. The firm had not done enough to ensure the hotel had properly carried out safety checks.
Although outlaw motorcycle gangs are only a sliver of all gangs, law enforcement professionals view them as more dangerous than their size would suggest, at least according to the center’s 2013 survey. In that survey, 14 percent of law enforcement professionals said an outlaw biker gang was the most problematic gang in their jurisdiction. Eleven percent of respondents said outlaw biker gangs were the most violent type of gang in their jurisdiction.
It is possible that outlaw biker gangs wind up as the No. 1 threat in many jurisdictions because of their geographical distribution, rather than as a result of their patterns of violence. A highly mobile gang that operates outside of cities has the chance to affect more jurisdictions than an urban gang concentrated within one city.
Rob Duke's insight:
Nope. That's not it. Your typical neighborhood gang exists to protect the neighborhood and to take advantage of the underground economy in an area that would otherwise be under-served with legitimate jobs and other economic opportunity (SBA loans, etc.). Criminal Biker Gangs are ideologically different in that they seek control and profit; and, as the article suggested, they're mobile and have confrontations with rivals in many different jurisdictions.
Capt. Michael McNair of the State of California Department of Corrections told the AIP investigator that he had spoken with the Fairbanks Police Department. “I told him we didn’t know if the information is accurate or not… we just felt it was our moral responsibility to pass it on in case someone was in prison who shouldn’t be.”
Fairbanks police confirmed in court documents that Lt. Dan Wellborn took the initial information from McNair, and passed it on to Detective Christopher Nolan to “check it out.”
At that time, Wellborn sent the information to Scott Mattern of the Fairbanks District Attorney’s office. Nolan said he has copies of the email correspondence between the two, according to the affidavit filed by AIP’s investigator.
Siskiyou County officials were effusive in 2013 when Crystal Geyser's chief executive announced outside an idled bottling plant here that it would soon be churning out sparkling water, teas and flavored beverages.
Rob Duke's insight:
The use stays with the land. If you permitted a home and it burned down, you could rebuild the house. If a restaurant closes, the building owner can rent to another restaurant because the use hasn't changed. Is this a type of White Collar Crime, though?
On Monday, California Senate passes a bill that enables “beer bikes” to run on streets. Beer bikes are commonly known as pedal powered quadricycle operation. It is a new kind of buses that permit up to 15 people to pedal at slow speed. The bill, dubbed as SB530, would allow beer bikes to share the …
The immature teen brain was mentioned in the closing summary presented by the defense. From the perspective of sound science in the courtroom, the teen brain defense in the Boston bomber case was feeble. Nevertheless, it is part of a larger project of criminal justice reform that invokes mechanical explanation of brain function in the service of exculpation of blame or mitigation of guilt.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor is signing into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper was scheduled Monday to sign a bill that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for "severe pain." That's the most common condition on Colorado's medical marijuana registry. The new law will also direct marijuana caregivers to inform patients that the pot they're using may not be tested for potency or contaminants. The measure updates ma
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