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Feds: Police officer's ghoulish plot no fantasy

Feds: Police officer's ghoulish plot no fantasy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New York City police officer's scheme to torture women and eat their body parts was no fantasy.
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Bethel liquor store debate postponed at Alaska ABC Board meeting

Bethel liquor store debate postponed at Alaska ABC Board meeting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.
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Zip it

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IT IS not often that a criminal trial involves a prosecutor pushing for rehabilitation and appropriate counselling", and a defence lawyer urging the judge to jail his client. But that is what happened at a hearing on June 2nd for Amos Yee, a 16-year-old Singaporean blogger found guilty of circulating an obscene image and insulting Christians.
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Walker names appointees for Alaska's first Marijuana Control Board

Walker names appointees for Alaska's first Marijuana Control Board | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska's Marijuana Control Board will craft regulations surrounding legalized recreational and commercial marijuana. Of 132 applicants vying for the spots, here are the five chosen by Gov. Bill Walker.
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Short and too sweet

Short and too sweet | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“DON’T use anything you can’t pronounce,” Johnson read recently about shampoos. The writer was making a pitch in favour of natural oils, and against those...
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Violent crime drops again in California

Violent crime drops again in California | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Homicides, robberies and overall violent crimes fell statewide in 2014 to levels not seen in decades, according to a Department of Justice report released Wednesday.
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Huge prison releases have not seemed to have resulted in the increased crime that some expected.

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Can Mr Obama really help?

Can Mr Obama really help? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WHAT’S the easiest way to boost America's sluggish wage growth? President Barack Obama thinks that expanding overtime pay may be the answer. On June 30th details...
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The Supreme Court just upheld what one justice calls "the chemical equiva­lent of being burned at the stake"

The Supreme Court just upheld what one justice calls "the chemical equiva­lent of being burned at the stake" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Here's the scathing dissent.
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Escaped killer's mom says he was bad from Day 1

Bad“He always got in trouble, and every time he did, I would grab him by the ear and take him to the police station,” she said.
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The trouble started when Sweat was 9 and his dad bought him a broken fishing pole for his birthday, she recalled.
“He went to the bedroom and took his baseball and threw it through the window hoping it would hit his dad,” Pamela Sweat said. “He broke his new TV that I just got him for his birthday.”

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Bad from day 1...

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Change Doesn't Usually Come This Fast

Change Doesn't Usually Come This Fast | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I was raised in East Lansing, Michigan. It was a great place to grow up: a college town with good public schools, a beautiful campus, a modicum of diversity, and an active, walkable downtown. But I...
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Brittney Menzel's comment, June 27, 7:24 PM
I don't get what the big deal is? I don't understand the act of being gay, but to each their own. We live in a 'free' country, let a person love whom they want to love.
Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:47 PM
This article has a valid point. This entire transition has happened at it seems lightening-speed... I think maybe because it involves something happy? I mean, who doesn't love to hear a good love story? And who doesn't love to look at wedding photos of happy couples?... That could explain why this movement zipped right along, as opposed to abortion or environmental change. Those topics are also very important, but don't provide quite as many photo ops. Also, I don't think anyone really can pat themselves on the back at the end of the day when it comes to those two, unlike the idea of finally "allowing" gays to marry.
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The Justice Department Compares the School-to-Prison Pipeline to Racial Segregation

The Justice Department Compares the School-to-Prison Pipeline to Racial Segregation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Meridian, Mississippi, is the latest district to face consequences for disproportionately punishing black students.
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William Estrin's comment, June 28, 8:38 PM
This article certainly doesn’t surprise. I am currently living in Florida, but will be returning to Alaska in August and I hope I never have to return to the South for the rest of my life. It is honestly unlike I’ve ever seen here before. The racism that exists down here is unbelievable. I’m beginning to think that the blacks are not the problem, as much of the country likes the claim. It’s the extremely racist white rednecks (I apologize if that offends anyone) pre civil war attitudes towards blacks. So the fact that something like this is happening in the South does not surprise me at all. Blacks are unfairly victimized in my opinion and are more readily arrested for offenses that a person of another race might not be arrested for, thus over-representing them in the prison population. The attitudes and racism that exist down here are disgusting and I hope I never have to be around them again.
Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:40 PM
Not surprising at all... I've never lived in the south and there's a reason for it... I love the part that the students were being questioned by the police without a guardian present and were not being given their Miranda rights... Hey, if you're going to commit a civil rights violation, you may as well go big, or go home, right??
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Teen Shot and Killed After Using App To Track Smartphone, Police Say

Teen Shot and Killed After Using App To Track Smartphone, Police Say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police say a Canadian teen was shot and killed after an attempt to retrieve his missing smartphone.
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Angela Perry's comment, June 22, 8:09 PM
This is truly a sad situation. No one person deserves to die over a misplaced phone. @Jay Fulk, I too agree that he should have got the police involved if he knew it were stolen. Well obviously he didn't think he was going to run into this situation. I feel that he was using the app like i have before to find where i last misplaced my phone. Thank God I have never ran into anything like this. I am wondering did the individuals do this for joy? Because it sure wasn't to keep the phone. Do they really think they are going to get away with the crime scot-free?
Brittney Menzel's comment, June 23, 4:56 PM
I don't think this kind of lesson should need to be learned. It is a horrible tragedy that a life was lost over a stupid electronic device. However, it does make a person wonder what is wrong with this world when a cell phone is worth shooting and killing another human being over. Geeze
William Estrin's comment, June 28, 8:28 PM
Wow, this article was not what I expected it to be. I expected to read about how the teen went to the location to retrieve his phone and someone mistook him to be an intruder and shot him in what they perceived to be self-defense. But that is obviously not what happened here. There was definitely criminal intent behind his killing. That is just really sad that a person like that who had his whole life ahead of him was shot dead for no good reason. The only thing I would say is that since he went to this address so early in the morning, perhaps he should have used more caution. Maybe he should have tried calling his phone and seeing if someone would answer or have his wits about him when visiting and unfamiliar address and to just turn back if he had a bad feeling. As nice as his smart phone probably was, it’s not worth it to risk your life. But that’s still a tragedy and I hope they find the people responsible and they are held fully accountable for their actions.
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Friends, then benefits

Friends, then benefits | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Just good friends BEAUTY opens many doors. Study after study has concluded that the comely earn more, are better liked, are treated more indulgently and are even...
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, June 22, 2:15 AM
I find that the correlation between the times you know a person before dating them versus that of not knowing them on a personal level before hand is pretty interesting. I mean, I myself happen to agree that an attractive person is more likely to have an attractive partner if neither new the other in a detailed sense before dating. Yet, beauty is only skin deep and the longer you know someone the more you begin to like them for who they are as a person rather than who they are walking or talking.

In a different aspect, I wonder if this could be related to some correlation in crimes committed. This being the person doing the crime versus that of the person affected by the crime.
Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:27 PM
Personally, I think it all has to do with self-confidence... I'm not the prettiest girl in the room, but I usually am the one that's the most interested in ALL of the people around me. (Come on, now! How could you not be? People are so fascinating and crazy!) I'll talk to anyone as long as they don't prove to be a total jerkface within the first 10 minutes of meeting them... As a result of this, lots of my friends are extremely good-looking (girls and guys, alike)... In an odd way, I feel like it's almost MORE difficult for conventionally good-looking people to make friends, as they never know what a new friends ulterior motives really are... As I generally never have ulterior motives, over the years I have turned into, yes, a magnet for gorgeous people it seems... On an unrelated note, the last question of this article is completely bogus. "If beauty is, in an evolutionary sense, tradable for good parenting skills, what does that have to say about the parenting skills of beautiful couples?"... Absolutely nothing. The questions aren't even related; the author is trying to be incendiary with that one.
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This Guy Explains How To Get Rid Of Police Radar !!! - Cars Attack

This Guy Explains How To Get Rid Of Police Radar !!! - Cars Attack | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Everyone of us would be interested how to do this because at some point each one of us had problems with this. If you are interested here we will give you the necessary info, according to this Russian guy. On the numbers of his registration plate he puts something like invisible color that is taped …
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Um? White Collar Crime?

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Jay Fulk's comment, June 20, 12:16 AM
Well, that's quite an interesting concept! I'm not sure that I would classify that as white collar crime, but it sure is unique. I wonder what the punishment would be for getting caught with this? I can only imagine that it wouldn't be pretty.
Angela Perry's comment, June 22, 8:13 PM
Well I must admit that I have done this to my motorcycle while living in LA. I would have to say no it's not a white collar crime it is us that do it out smarting the DOT and their tolls to ride in the HOV. We would use reflective tape so that when the camera took a picture the flash would light it would send nothing but a blurry motorcyclist back. I did it so that I didn't have to pay $5 just to ride the HOV lane on a bike when it cost a car load of people the same amount. I felt that I didn't have to pay that much or at all to use the HOV lanes.
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Haines man charged for shooting brown bear, cubs in his trash

Haines man charged for shooting brown bear, cubs in his trash | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska Wildlife Troopers said that the man couldn't invoke state laws allowing animals to be shot in defense of life and property because his improper storage of garbage had caused the incident.
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This is the jist of those who advance the idea that victims can contribute to their own victimization.  See Routine Activities Theory, for instance.  In rape investigations, this has been extremely controversial (e.g. the idea that the rape victim might contribute by failing to wear proper clothing, etc.).

 

What do you think?  Does the victim have to be 100% correct in order to be a "true" victim?

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A costly mistake

A costly mistake | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OVER five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in waters off the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and unleashing millions of gallons of crude...
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Appeals court blasts lawyers and 'scorched earth tactics,' publishes opinion despite settlement

Appeals court blasts lawyers and 'scorched earth tactics,' publishes opinion despite settlement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“We find FCI’s conduct with respect to this entire case demonstrative of a particularly nasty type of scorched earth tactics,” the court opinion said, referring to Finton Construction as FCI. “While we strongly suspect that FCI is the prime mover behind the prosecution of this lawsuit, we remind FCI’s counsel–and indeed, all attorneys–that while they owe their clients a duty to zealously represent them, that zealousness does not trump the duty they owe the courts and the judicial process to prosecute only lawsuits with merit.

“The type of uncivil behavior and specious tactics demonstrated by filing this case represents conduct that brings disrepute to the entire legal profession and amounts to toying with the courts.”
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Undercover drug agent pleads guilty in Silk Road case

Undercover drug agent pleads guilty in Silk Road case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The lead undercover agent in the federal investigation of the drug-dealing website Silk Road pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his position to extract $500,000 in digital currency from the drug kingpin and an investor in another enterprise. In a plea agreement filed in federal court in San Francisco, Carl Force also admitted signing a contract with 20th Century Fox in March 2014 for a movie about the Silk Road investigation without authorization from the Drug Enforcement Administration, where h
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'Magic Mike’: Come For The Pecs, Stay For The Economics

'Magic Mike’: Come For The Pecs, Stay For The Economics | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For fans, it's been a difficult several years since "Magic" Mike Lane left the male stripping industry in 2012, but like a phoenix with magnificent pecs, the Channing Tatum character returns in "Ma...
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ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The law is often used to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people, and others.
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Obama to Expand Overtime Pay to Nearly 5 Million Workers

Obama to Expand Overtime Pay to Nearly 5 Million Workers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The rule change would raise the threshold for people who earn overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440 by 2016.
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Giving a person a managerial title was a key way companies kept pay low.  Entry-level workers get less than 30 hours, so they don't qualify for benefits and salary employees get benefits, but very low pay (long hours).  This could be a significant game changer for those who make low wages.

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The last question

The last question | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. Read "Final certainty", our briefing on doctor-assisted dying here, and see the...
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A crime or a final mercy?

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Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:13 PM
As a nurse, I would definitely vote this as all being a final mercy. Having dealt with a few dying patients in my time (albeit, not a lot comparatively-speaking to, oh, say a hospice nurse), it seems to me that an individual's death can be quite beautiful. It can also however be quite draining on the person, and, let's admit it, damn depressing for everyone involved (the patient, the patient's family, etc.)... I took the survey and was rather surprised at how liberal France rated on almost every single question. I never think of France as being a bastion of liberal ideas, as I think most people associate Scandinavian countries in that role. I was pretty surprised to see that France even "beat" Sweden in quite a few of the questions.
max mckernan's comment, June 29, 4:43 AM
I think that this should untimely be up to the person and the doctor. if the person and the doctor are willing to or even just the person the they should be aloud to. i mean it makes sense that a person should be able to make decisions about when and how they are going to die. i know i would want that choice.
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One of the New York prison escapees, Richard Matt, is fatally shot

One of the New York prison escapees, Richard Matt, is fatally shot | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Richard W. Matt
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Brittney Menzel's comment, June 27, 7:26 PM
Hallelujah! I am a strong believer in the death penalty for heinous offenses. He got his serving.
William Estrin's comment, June 28, 8:16 PM
I have been following this story very closely since it broke. I saw on CNN when they announced the capture of Mr. Sweat today. I know he was shot and his condition remains unknown. I am eager to see his fate, medical and otherwise. As far as Richard Matt, I read up a little more on him and was interested in learning about his extensive history of prison escapes and his time in Mexico. However, this escape was definitely the most elaborate. Sources are comparing it to the escape masterminded in The Shawshank Redemption. What was the most disturbing was the corrupted prison officials who aided this escape: both the woman who thought she was in love with them and the man that gave Matt supplies in exchange for his paintings. I’ve read about how prison guards will take bribes from the inmates and can be major suppliers of illegal drugs and other illegal items for inmates. I wasn’t sure how true that was, but reading this story gave me a clear picture. And these are just the ones that got caught. I’m sure there are countless other prison guards across the country doing similar things who just haven’t been caught. But reading this story just further affirms in my mind that prison is a place I never want to be! I have one question about this story. Matt was shot when he ignored commands to drop his firearm. What I want to know is how a prison escapee managed to get a firearm. My guess is he probably broke into someone’s residence and stole it.
Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:15 PM
It was reported today that he was shot three times in the head. Uhhhhhhhhhh, that seems a wee bit like overkill to me.
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Toddlers Carrying Out Restorative Justice

Toddlers Carrying Out Restorative Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New research shows that children as young as three may dole out punishments to ease harm to victims.
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Brittney Menzel's comment, June 27, 7:30 PM
Very interesting! I always was awed by how smart young children were. Now that I have my own little boy I am constantly amazed at what he is able to comprehend. I think that young children have an advantage over us more lived persons. They are seeing the world through innocent, pure eyes. They haven't been messed up by the systems of the world yet.
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Officials announce health fraud crackdown in Alaska

Officials announce health fraud crackdown in Alaska | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
 Federal and state officials on Thursday announced that more than 3 dozen people in Alaska have been charged with fraud in a crackdown on health care and social services.
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max mckernan's comment, June 20, 2:58 AM
this actually makes sense due to the state of Alaska having such a small population it is much easier to hunt down frauds and people who are committing white collar crime. this is also a natural step to take when the state is moving into debt. the real question should be why has it taken so long for this to be enacted.
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All the Drug Dealers You'll Meet in Your 20s | VICE | United States

They won't remember you but you'll remember them for the rest of your life.
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Brittney Menzel's comment, June 23, 5:01 PM
Hahahahaha. I know a few of these people. The descriptions are so accurate it is as if they knew the people that I knew by name. Thankfully I don't have much longer in my 20's huh? ;)
Marei Benton's comment, June 28, 9:34 PM
Oh, good god... In college in my early 20s, my female roommates actually made and sold fake IDs. They also dabbled in occasional dealing. It was not a pleasant living situation for me, as there were always random dudes parked on our couch, high as hell on whatever, but my school didn't allow freshman to choose their roommates in the dormitories... I sucked it up and made it through that year and as soon as we were officially sophomores, we all put in requests to room with people who were more our types in life... Thank you, universe, that those days are now over!! I found this article interesting, however, because it didn't include anything about female dealers.