(AP) â€" The sister of a man whose suspected killer was arrested 33 years after her brother's death never gave up on the case and cried tears of happiness upon hearing that the long-sought fugitive was caught this week, she said Tuesday. On Monday, she was in line to buy groceries when her nephew called to tell her that police had contacted him about the capture of the suspect, Joseph Lewis Miller, who was living more than 1,000 miles away in rural East Texas. In recent weeks, a U.S. Marshals Service-led fugitive task force reviewed the case and quickly found Miller, now a 78-year-old church deacon receiving Social Security disability benefits and living quietly with a wife in tiny Mineola, Texas.
The defendant in a long-running gang case in Salt Lake City was shot by U.S. marshals when he attempted to attack a witness testifying at his trial, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Monday.
Rob Duke's insight:
Um? It seems like this might be the most fair jury the guy could get now; because they've seen what he is like and can use that information to more accurately ascertain the truth. That's the case if we truly had any regard for victims or justice. Instead, we keep propagating an adversarial system that doesn't work and forgets the community and the victim. Why do we do this? Because the judges, lawyers, cops, and others profit from the system; and, would be hurt economically if we changed the system dramatically. Just one reason, but according to Nils Christie, the most prominent reason why we fail to change.
from the article by David Bulley and Thom Osborne:
Restorative Justice generally exists as an alternative to traditional discipline. In most schools a student who acts out will be referred to the assistant principal or to the dean of students who then makes a determination: Is the student a candidate for restorative justice or should they be disciplined the traditional way of detentions or suspensions? Often this includes a choice by the student. In fact, as part of most restorative conferences, the perpetrator is informed that participation is voluntary and that at any time they can opt out and subject themselves to traditional justice. One problem with this system is that too many students welcome an out of school suspension.
A driver facing criminal charges over a speedy lap around Manhattan has been caught driving again — after his license was suspended. A Manhattan judge raised Adam Tang's bond from $10,000 to $25,000 on Tuesday because of his April 5 arrest in the Bronx. Defense lawyer Gregory Gomez says...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A prison doctor has been fired and two other staffers are in the midst of being dismissed after an inmate at the Kentucky State Penitentiary starved himself to death, a case that has exposed lapses in medical treatment an...
After a successful challenge of the legality of Oklahoma’s secrecy in obtaining lethal drugs, no one has granted a stay of execution to two men as the state’s top two courts both have declared, repeatedly, that only the other can do so.
JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as a four-year-old
Rob Duke's insight:
Is absence of motive (e.g. cowardice) equal to the specific "with malice aforethought" necessary to convict a person of murder under common law? Here's a great example where duty is so important to the "good life" in some cultures that abandonment can be as serious as murder.
Oh, Portland. A teenager urinated into one of the city’s drinking water reservoirs the other day. That’s gross, sure, and aggravating—what a brat! But in one of the most spectacularly stupid decisions in years, the city is going to drain the reservoir. The most spectacularly stupid decision in about three...
Rob Duke's insight:
Yeah, what I said earlier. The EPA claims that, under the one molecule rule, if one molecule of raw sewage reaches a surface water, then the entire body of water has been polluted, but even stretching the "one molecule rule" would only count if he'd have done a number 2 there--I don't think number one counts.