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Virginia pipe bomb suspect arrested after police chase in Montana - CNN.com

Virginia pipe bomb suspect arrested after police chase in Montana - CNN.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A man suspected in three pipe bomb attacks in Virginia was arrested in Montana Thursday after a police chase, law enforcement officials said.
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'I will start torchering': Gang kidnapped wrong person in plot directed from behind bars, police say

'I will start torchering': Gang kidnapped wrong person in plot directed from behind bars, police say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
What begins with the wrong address, a stun gun and poorly spelled text messages, ends with dramatic rescue of the father of a district attorney who had sent a Bloods member to jail for life
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What do we do about the predators?  RJ doesn't seem appropriate--right?

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Missouri inmate executed for killing couple whose cows he wanted to steal 

Missouri inmate executed for killing couple whose cows he wanted to steal  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.
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Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law

Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Violent demonstrations return to opposition strongholds as families struggle to find justice for their loved ones killed by the military in earlier protests.
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Shanghai police officers to begin carrying guns.

Shanghai police officers to begin carrying guns. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New on the streets of a Chinese city that often pilots reforms: police officers armed with guns.
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Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders

Rethinking Punishment For Drug Offenders | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice is opening up the clemency process to a new category of drug offenders. Host Michel Martin discusses the move with NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.
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Woman glad suspect captured in brother's '81 death

Woman glad suspect captured in brother's '81 death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
(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.
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Justice, after all, is being done

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“WHAT do other people in SA talk about? Those who don’t talk about the #OscarTrial?” tweeted Zelda la Grange, a former aide to Nelson Mandela. For weeks the...
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Kodiak police seize $2.2 million in meth, heroin

Kodiak police seize $2.2 million in meth, heroin | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Kodiak Police Department's seizure of $2.2 million in methamphetamine and heroin on Saturday was the largest drug bust in the department's history.
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Speed and heroin must be really expensive up here.

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William Bruce Gaddis III's curator insight, April 21, 9:38 PM

This is definitely a victory for Kodiak Police Department and hopefully its the precursor for the decline of distribution of illegal substances in the Kodiak area.

Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 22, 6:18 PM
It must suck to be this drug dealer. 2.2 million dollars is an incredible amount. I know that drugs are in Alaska, but i did not realize that it was enough of an industry to require these large amounts. It is amazing how something can be such a big deal in a state and town, and yet the people in these areas are in the dark about the problem. I have been to Kodiak multiple times and never got the feeling that it was a drug town. This just goes to show that major crime is everywhere and is occuring in our own back yards.
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Gang case defendant shot in Salt Lake City federal courthouse

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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.
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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.

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Rob Duke's comment, April 21, 3:31 PM
It's now being reported that the gang member died.
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How Technology and Citizen Media Shaped Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement · Global Voices

How Technology and Citizen Media Shaped Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement · Global Voices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Members set up a number of websites dedicated to the protest against a trade deal with China, whose passage without a clause-by-clause review sparked the occupation of the legislature.
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Here's some case study material for the comparative class.

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Where you live plays a big role in your total income tax bill

Where you live plays a big role in your total income tax bill | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Location doesn't only drive home values. It affects the size of your tax bill, too. Where you live plays a big role in your total income tax bite.
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Does this contribute to economic stratification?

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Pope Francis challenges the free market - The Buzz - Investment and Stock Market News

Pope Francis challenges the free market - The Buzz  - Investment and Stock Market News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has challenged capitalism and greed many times. Will he mentioned it again in his Easter address?
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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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William Bruce Gaddis III's curator insight, April 22, 2:17 AM

This is a great alternative for disciplinary actions within the school systems. I believe that it will illustrate to students better ways of problems solving and it would rehabilitate them in an aspect as well. Restorative Justice being use in the schools will edify the youth more so than detention and suspension can.

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The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After three decades of slow growth, middle-class incomes in the U.S. appear to trail those of Canada. Poor Americans now make less than the poor in several other countries.
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Investigation in Gacy case helps solve Chicago man's unrelated killing from 1978

Investigation in Gacy case helps solve Chicago man's unrelated killing from 1978 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't...
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Is Obama Finally About to Use His Pardon Powers to Correct the War on Drug's Injustices? | VICE United States

Is Obama Finally About to Use His Pardon Powers to Correct the War on Drug's Injustices? | VICE United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It's about time.
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Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home

Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The trial against a 65-year-old man accused of murdering two teens who entered his home is underway in Minnesota, stirring debate about how far people can go in defending their homes.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 22, 6:09 PM
Wow. I can see both sides of this, and both sides made mistakes. The victims should not have broke into the house. They took a risk and lost. The 65-year-old had the right to defend his home, especially after he had multiple break ins. That said, he did not need to kill the two people. I believe a shot would have stopped the intruders and taught them a lesson. I am curious how this will turn out because it seems that according to the law, he was atleast some what in the right.
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Lack of Oversight and Regulations Blamed in Texas Chemical Explosion

Lack of Oversight and Regulations Blamed in Texas Chemical Explosion | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A preliminary report on a deadly fire and blast in West, Tex., by the Chemical Safety Board notes that there are no regulations for the storage of ammonium nitrate.
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NYC Fast-Lap Driver Arrested for Driving Again

NYC Fast-Lap Driver Arrested for Driving Again | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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...
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 22, 6:14 PM
Stories like this are just stupid. The guy got in trouble initially because he made a video of himself breaking the law. I see things like this all the time and it just goes to show how dumb people can be. If you are goiung to break the law, dont make evidence and dont put it out there for the world to see, youre asking for trouble and deserve what ever you get as a result.
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Inmate Starved To Death In U.S. Prison

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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...
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Ashley Brevak's comment, April 22, 12:48 PM
Honestly, I’m kind of in shock. I have little sympathy for criminal but to actually watch someone starve to death and you do nothing about it could be just as bad. Also, if he had been on anti-anxiety medications before and needed them again, depending on the circumstances, he should have been given them. Also, a hunger-strike shouldn’t stop and restart if they drink something. (other than a smoothie or something of substance). That’s just absurd.
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Wrangle Over Oklahoma Executions Bounces From Court to Court

Wrangle Over Oklahoma Executions Bounces From Court to Court | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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William Bruce Gaddis III's curator insight, April 22, 12:41 AM

when it comes to the death penalty I agree with it being swift and painless, but however using it as a ploy to hinder the execution is pitiful. I also believe that the lethal combination should be disclosed and FDA approved.

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Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan? · Global Voices

Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?  · Global Voices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Children should bow to their parents, students should pay respect to their teachers, and people should obey the government. As a result, the students' resistance must be wrong."
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Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia

Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Photos and descriptions suggest that many of the mysteriously well-armed gunmen in eastern Ukraine are Russian military and intelligence forces.
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Here's some of those nasty things that governments do that should be considered a type of crime.  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors government buildings or territory....

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South Korea's Park says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

South Korea's Park says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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
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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.

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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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Sawyer Skiba's comment, April 20, 8:58 PM
I think I can see both sides to this. At first it made total sense to me to drain the water. I know i would never want to drink water that i know someone has peed in. Ignorance is bliss, if I had no clue i wouldnt care. But that fact is, these people know. No matter how little the amount is, I still think that I would have a problem drinking this water knowing that someone peed in it. That said, I had not thought about the amount put in compared to the total amount. By the time I would be drinking it there would be so little it would harm me. I was kind of shocked that although 10 ppm of arsenic is allowed, 3 pbb is causing the city to dump its water. I can see it being a safety precaution and expect that they have been getting tons of complaints about both sides (dumping and not dumping)> I guess no matter how silly, erring on the side of caution is good. No matter what they do in this situation situation someone is going to complain.
Jeremy Weaver's comment, April 20, 11:43 PM
I still can't believe that Portland is being so ridiculous that they feel the best option is to drain the whole reservoir. I wonder what the cost of draining the reservoir is and if wasting all that water to get "clean" water back into the reservoir is really worth the cost.