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Judge in Whitey Bulger case refuses to step aside

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BOSTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the trial of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has refused a defense lawyer's request to step down. U.S.
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Mari Freitag's comment, November 4, 2012 9:02 PM
These sorts of issues are so interesting to me, because this happens all the time, and it's so difficult to draw the line where a judge should step aside from a case. Also, nobody has control over what this judge does because he's a federal judge and has his job for life unless he's impeached. Some would probably argue that there's a conflict of interest as soon as the possibility arises, and others would wait for more definitive evidence that there's some sort of conflict. At the US supreme court level, Justice Kagan was faced with a decision leading up to the hearing of the Affordable Care Act. She had been involved with the DOJ as solicitor general during the preparation of the case, before she was appointed to the court. Even if she had no involvement in the preparation of the case (so she says), should she have recused herself from the case? This is just one more example, but it's interesting because it shows the amount of discretion that justices have with their jobs. What worries me is that federal judges can exercise this discretion, and are not necessarily held accountable by anyone at all. At least state judges generally have a form of citizen retention or election to keep them accountable to the law. Anyway, this could have also been just another lawyer trying to shake up the court room hoping for a better environment.
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Here's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink

Here's How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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...
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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.

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Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine

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Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Isr
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21st century tools against 20th century tactics is the administrative mantra, but governmental crimes of this sort cannot be addressed through economic sanctions.

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The Effects Of Childhood Bullying Can Last A Lifetime

The Effects Of Childhood Bullying Can Last A Lifetime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Like other childhood traumas, the effects of serious bullying can last throughout life.
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Last-minute reprieve: Iranian woman spares life of son's killer with a slap - The Times of India

Last-minute reprieve: Iranian woman spares life of son's killer with a slap - The Times of India | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported on Thursday.
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Mother said: "slap was the space between revenge and forgiveness"

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FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld

FBI May Pick Out Your Face in a Crowd | Government | TechNewsWorld | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The FBI is planning to have a fully operational facial recognition system in place by this summer and may be well on its way to reaching that goal. The system will be able to query a database of photos to identify individuals based on their appearance even if they do not have a criminal record, reported Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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Memorial Set for Fallen K9 Officer | 101 KXL

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Taxi cartels will be ‘apped’ to death - FT.com

Taxi cartels will be ‘apped’ to death - FT.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
EU states have made huge strides in transport liberalisation over recent decades, especially in areas such as the air industry. But one sector that has remained stubbornly resistant to change in many of the continent’s towns and cities has been the
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Yup, just follow the institutions and wherever the property rights are applied and you can predict that people will defy laws that attempt to outlaw reasonable behavior.  Why would people not choose to hail a car in a less expensive way?  How do you enforce these laws if the apps jump around?

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Thailand Charges Journalists for Human Trafficking Report

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Two journalists in Thailand are facing criminal charges for publishing a story about Thai security forces' alleged involvement in trafficking Rohingya Muslims. The original report, by the Reuters new...
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It may be more about disrespecting the state...which is frowned upon in Thailand...

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Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.The
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Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's

Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
My informal survey brought home to me how ubiquitous the experience of being in jail is in certain parts of America.
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Misinformed criticism of restorative justice « LiveNews.co.nz

Misinformed criticism of restorative justice « LiveNews.co.nz | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Virginia woman mowed down husband, beat him as he tried to crawl away: cops 

Virginia woman mowed down husband, beat him as he tried to crawl away: cops  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A jilted Virginia woman was arrested after she drove the wrong way down a one-way street to cut down her husband and tried to kick him to death as he crawled away, police said.
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kak57's comment, April 16, 10:58 PM
This woman, I think, was most definitely on something to do such an awful act to her husband and cause an outrage. The only other explanation could be is if she has a violent side to her. I'm just glad that she didn't end up hurting any other innocent people because she drove the wrong way down a one-way street.
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Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

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(AP) â€" Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference. Authorities at the news conference did not explain how Cano and Gordon allegedly managed to carry out the killings while under supervision, but Quezada said data from the GPS devices "was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together." If convicted, they could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. Santa Ana police searched a canyon, examined the women's cellphone records, alerted hospitals, put the word out on social media and even checked motels they were known to frequent but without success in finding them. The men were arrested by federal agents on May 8, 2012, after a two-week stay at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada. [...] both men checked in earlier this month, Dunn said.
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Restorative justice for everyone: An innovative program and case study from Turners Falls High School in Massachusetts —

Restorative justice for everyone: An innovative program and case study from Turners Falls High School in Massachusetts — | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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Teen accused of peeing in Oregon reservoir says water isn’t tainted 

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DAn Oregon teen accused of taking a leak in a reservoir is pissed over officials moving to flush 38 million gallons of drinking water, claiming not one drop of his pee made it over the wall.

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Dilution is the Solution to Polution.  This is a tempest in a teapot.  a pint of urine is not going to contaminate 38 million gallons of water that is going to be chlorinated before leaving the plant.  They're making an example of this young man (who is an ass, but not an eco terrorist).

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Understanding and responding to homegrown terrorism

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When random violence strikes on home soil, what do we call it and how do we prosecute it?
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Pistorius Stumbled With His Testimony, Experts Say

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Oscar Pistorius may have hurt his own defense while on the stand, defense lawyers believe.
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19-Year-Old Canadian Arrested for Heartbleed Hack

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Arthuro Solis-Reyes faces charges in relation to the breach of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website.
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Errors in Inquiry on Rape Allegations Against FSU’s Jameis Winston

Errors in Inquiry on Rape Allegations Against FSU’s Jameis Winston | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee quarterback for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.
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Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a judge for mercy.
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Human trafficking cases decrease in the UAE

The number of human trafficking cases in the UAE has come down significantly over the years, according Dr.
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PD: Slain wife called 911 saying her husband was hallucinating about end of world before shooting

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DENVER -- The husband of a woman found shot in the head in her home Monday night near the University of Denver has been arrested in connection with the death, the Denver Police Department said. Ric...
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kak57's comment, April 16, 10:53 PM
My heart does go out to the kids. I can't imagine what they're thinking right now about their dad. My question is what caused the husband to eat a marijuana edible since according to his brother he didn't things like that. It makes one start to question whether or not the husband might have lived a double life. Or just kept that part of his life a secret.
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Suspected O.C. serial killer cut off GPS, ran from cops, shop owner says

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Surrounded by police, a suspected serial killer in Anaheim quickly sliced the GPS device from his ankle, hopped on a bicycle and pedaled across the street.
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Pakistan cannibal brothers sent to police custody

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Two Pakistani brothers, arrested for alleged cannibalism, were today remanded to seven days in police custody by an anti-terrorism court
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tasaha's curator insight, April 15, 10:09 AM

This story just makes you go eewww!. On a positive note, they were already dead and perhaps their circumstances made them feel they had no alternatives. Then you wonder why they only got 2yrs for doing it in the past, why they did not receive further mental evaluation, and what it has to do with anti-terrorism. Finally, you then just go eeewwww again…  

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Pennsylvania male cop posed as Amish woman in effort to catch pervert

Pennsylvania male cop posed as Amish woman in effort to catch pervert | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania cop posed as an Amish woman to lure a creep wanted for exposing himself to children walking home from school.
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kak57's comment, April 16, 10:47 PM
When I first read the title I was like, "Isn't this a little offensive." But then as I read the article the Amish woman were happy to help him out. This police officer was very determined to catch a "creep". I think what he did is an example to all police officers; his willingness to sacrifice his dignity in the service of those children. It is also very nice to hear something positive about a police officer when sometimes it feels as though all we hear about is the bad things they've done.