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'The Greatest Epidemic Of Elite White-Collar Crime In The History Of The World' - Huffington Post

'The Greatest Epidemic Of Elite White-Collar Crime In The History Of The World'Huffington PostThe banks run by executives now in prison for crimes related to the financial crisis had a combined $30 billion in assets.
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Mari Freitag's comment, November 19, 2012 12:04 AM
I think that this is so far reaching that it's really going to be impossible to figure any of it out anytime soon. The financial system is so complex that there are always ways to hide white collar crime somewhere. I also think that there are so many powerful people involved in these crimes that it's going to be difficult to even make any sort of change or difference in the field any time soon. A lot needs to change in our country, because everything is connected, including political and financial corruption. It's unfortunate that the system has evolved this way, because now that the white collar criminals are so powerful and wealthy, it's going to be incredibly difficult to do anything about the crime. Hopefully we figure out a good way to handle this, and I expect it will take a lot of work within the federal government from both the executive and legislative branches.
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China's Ex-Security Czar Ensnared in Corruption Probe

China's Ex-Security Czar Ensnared in Corruption Probe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Zhou Yongkang, former head of China's police state, becomes the most senior official yet caught up in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crusade
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'I'd love to shoot you down': My capture by Ukrainian gunmen shows how amateurs succumb to hatred

'I'd love to shoot you down': My capture by Ukrainian gunmen shows how amateurs succumb to hatred | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In eastern Ukraine, one text message can turn you into an enemy. In my case, it was sent to my father.
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2 U.S. Marshals and an Officer Are Shot in the West Village

2 U.S. Marshals and an Officer Are Shot in the West Village | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The authorities were trying to arrest a man suspected of child molestation when the shooting occurred, officials said; the suspect was shot dead.
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1970 Plymouth 'Cuda stolen in 2001 found, but owner can't get it

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda stolen in 2001 found, but owner can't get it | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Statute of limitations runs out.
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Shake, rattle ‘n’ roll

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THE “death blow” that Bill Ackman promised to land on Herbalife this week raised expectations of a dramatic ending to one of the most remarkable battles in the...
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Alleged burglar charged with murder after homeowner shoots accomplice

Alleged burglar charged with murder after homeowner shoots accomplice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A 26-year-old man accused of breaking into a Long Beach home was charged with murder Friday in the death of his accomplice, who was shot by the 80-year-old homeowner.
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Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 26, 2:01 AM
Here is a view into how laws are set up to discourage individuals from committing a crime. Here is also a case to show how not everyone can be swayed from committing a crime due to the possible implications. I really do agree and am impressed that the law that ties you to the murder of your associate in crime when he or she is killed by the victim. It not only adds a level of deterrence for some criminals but it also frees the victim legally to defend themselves. Criminals need to be held accountable for the actions of their crime partners. In this story the criminal that was killed would be on the right side of the dirt today if they just passed on the opportunity to rob that house. If one or the other just said pass the outcome would have differed tremendously but since none of them did one is dead and the other is now paying for it. I am happy to read this article not because a person died of because of the burglary but because I see a law that can be effective if they only increase the visibility of it. Till now I had never heard of such a law. These laws are the ones us everyday Joes need to hear. In part to sway the criminal but also to give the knowledge to the populist empowering them to not second guess themselves when the moment comes.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 26, 2:01 AM
Here is a view into how laws are set up to discourage individuals from committing a crime. Here is also a case to show how not everyone can be swayed from committing a crime due to the possible implications. I really do agree and am impressed that the law that ties you to the murder of your associate in crime when he or she is killed by the victim. It not only adds a level of deterrence for some criminals but it also frees the victim legally to defend themselves. Criminals need to be held accountable for the actions of their crime partners. In this story the criminal that was killed would be on the right side of the dirt today if they just passed on the opportunity to rob that house. If one or the other just said pass the outcome would have differed tremendously but since none of them did one is dead and the other is now paying for it. I am happy to read this article not because a person died of because of the burglary but because I see a law that can be effective if they only increase the visibility of it. Till now I had never heard of such a law. These laws are the ones us everyday Joes need to hear. In part to sway the criminal but also to give the knowledge to the populist empowering them to not second guess themselves when the moment comes.
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Well if you can be charged as a accomplice if you are a passenger in a car that runs over someone and cause serious bodily injuries in NC so why not charge a person with the death of a person he or she is committing a crime with. I wonder how many will be charged in white collar crimes!  or the crimes where mega money is cheated and stolen and placed in untouchable swiss or other bank accounts where the government cant touch and then they may or may not go to pent house jail living in the semi lap of luxury while doing not hard but easy time almost like they were free well they are!!! lets see who gets charged for white collar crimes and all those involved get to go down to!!

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Men and Women Are Terrible Drivers in Different Ways

Men and Women Are Terrible Drivers in Different Ways | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Men are more likely to speed, drive aggressively, and operate under the influence, according to national transportation data. They also log more miles
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I hated traffic, but there's just as much damage and injury every month from traffic collisions as there is from "real" crime.

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Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:03 PM
One thing that is interesting with this article too is that one of the main reasons men are charged more is apparently teenage boys are more likely to engage in texting and driving. Which can be just as bad as drinking and driving so therefore those risks increase the chance of an accident occurring and potentially injuring or killing an innocent pedestrian or another driver. So I do see those types of things as real crime, they are knowingly and willingly putting other lives at risk just as someone who knowingly and willingly defrauds a company or robs a bank.
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Muslim Extremist Arrested for Murder of Gays in Seattle | Clarion Project

Muslim Extremist Arrested for Murder of Gays in Seattle | Clarion Project | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Opposing Islamism isn’t just about terrorism and national security. Two Americans were killed on American soil due to Islamic ideology.
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Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 26, 7:14 PM
Not wanting to publicize or classify this crime as a hate or a terrorist act seems to be a running trend with the media in not reporting Muslim extremist crimes. In some failed sense of being politically correct we fail to report anything that could paint a negative light on these religious extremist, while the extreme and fanatics of other faiths are displayed at regular intervals. In some twist of events we have set the Muslim faith on an untouchable alter. Here is my state the common core is set to teach one year of world history completely dedicated to understanding the history and peace behind Muslims while Judaism and Christianity has been omitted from teaching curriculum. Several years ago seventh-graders at a San Francisco-area school were required to “become Muslims” for two full weeks as part of California’s world history curriculum. This included professing as “true” the Muslim belief that “The Holy Quran is God’s word,” reciting the Muslim profession of faith — “Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his messenger” —and chanting “Praise be to Allah.”( http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/joseph-klein/islamizing-the-public-schools) Our own laws of separation of church and state turn a blind eye to this religion out of fear, but out of fear of what? If there is a group known for hating blacks and it has moved into a black populated area flags are raised and the situation is watched so why is the same not being when a known religious group continues to inflict harm on homosexual? People of the U.S.A have the right to know what is on our streets from the KKK to the Extreme Muslims. To give one more negative air time then another only gives strength to extreme cause of the one you fail to report on. It gives them a sense of strength and a belief that they are untouchable. For this man who killed these two Seattleites in WA the big failure is not getting him on his sex charges. I think this article bring into light the issue that we have a known group that openly preached hate towards several types and groups of people yet we do not suppress their negative action like we have with the KKK or the Black Panthers. The government needs to start supporting the American culture as a whole that treats all its people under the same law.
Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 26, 7:14 PM
Not wanting to publicize or classify this crime as a hate or a terrorist act seems to be a running trend with the media in not reporting Muslim extremist crimes. In some failed sense of being politically correct we fail to report anything that could paint a negative light on these religious extremist, while the extreme and fanatics of other faiths are displayed at regular intervals. In some twist of events we have set the Muslim faith on an untouchable alter. Here is my state the common core is set to teach one year of world history completely dedicated to understanding the history and peace behind Muslims while Judaism and Christianity has been omitted from teaching curriculum. Several years ago seventh-graders at a San Francisco-area school were required to “become Muslims” for two full weeks as part of California’s world history curriculum. This included professing as “true” the Muslim belief that “The Holy Quran is God’s word,” reciting the Muslim profession of faith — “Allah is the only true God and Muhammad is his messenger” —and chanting “Praise be to Allah.”( http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/joseph-klein/islamizing-the-public-schools) Our own laws of separation of church and state turn a blind eye to this religion out of fear, but out of fear of what? If there is a group known for hating blacks and it has moved into a black populated area flags are raised and the situation is watched so why is the same not being when a known religious group continues to inflict harm on homosexual? People of the U.S.A have the right to know what is on our streets from the KKK to the Extreme Muslims. To give one more negative air time then another only gives strength to extreme cause of the one you fail to report on. It gives them a sense of strength and a belief that they are untouchable. For this man who killed these two Seattleites in WA the big failure is not getting him on his sex charges. I think this article bring into light the issue that we have a known group that openly preached hate towards several types and groups of people yet we do not suppress their negative action like we have with the KKK or the Black Panthers. The government needs to start supporting the American culture as a whole that treats all its people under the same law.
Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 27, 1:53 AM
Nicholas, good points on this issue. Everyone wants to be "politically correct" and like you said, turns a blind eye to certain issues.
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How a Simple Dispute Between Two Neighbors Ended in Death

How a Simple Dispute Between Two Neighbors Ended in Death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Click through to see how a simple dispute over brush and trees between neighbors John Upton and Michael Vilkin ended in death.
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Another case study to support cops training in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Gun-toting doctor shoots suspect who killed Pennsylvania hospital employee: police

Gun-toting doctor shoots suspect who killed Pennsylvania hospital employee: police | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A suspected gunman burst into a Pennsylvania hospital's psychiatric ward, killing a female caseworker and wounding a doctor Thursday before the doctor returned fire and critically injured Richard Plotts, authorities said.
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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, July 27, 1:49 AM
This is an interesting case, where the Doctor was able to subdue the criminal before any additional people got hurt. It was noted that the Doctor by having the weapon was going against hospital policy. This makes you wonder is hospital policy correct or incorrect in this situation? Mental Health specialist deal with individuals who are mentally unsound and can commit acts like this without any previous convictions. I wonder what anti-gun activist say about a story like this? I do truly believe that guns don't kill people, people kill people. This doctor responded correctly but I don't think this means every mental health doctor should be able to arm up like a law enforcement personnel. Look at the Fort Hood Shooting, he was a doctor. It shouldn't be taken lightly. The local hospital I work at has a bullet proof window set up in the behavioral health clinical to help make the workers feel a little more comfortable. It will always be a what if? scenario, as much as you plan you cannot prevent these things from happening, because people are sick.
Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:09 PM
I couldn't agree more with Elizabeths comment. I am personally not a fan of guns, but in situations like this with people who are responsible and can genuinely determine good from bad then I really hope he doesn't face any repercussion from breaking the hospitals policy. So while I personally don't want to ever own a gun, it is good to know that there are people in the world who can responsibly handle situations like this without getting completely out of control.
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Burglars in the buff steal beef, still on the run

Burglars in the buff steal beef, still on the run | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Days after two naked college-age men and a third underwear-clad accomplice broke into her restaurant, Doc's Beach House waitress Nancy Sansevieri is still laughing.
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Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:15 PM
While it is a bit reassuring that the kids only stole meat, it is a bit upsetting to wonder what was in their system that made them decide to become nude thieves. The article says maybe drinking, but breaking in to steal beef, naked and NOT take any money makes me think it might have been a bit more experimental substances in their system instead.
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Labor Officials Promise to Fix Program for Coal Miners With Black Lung

Labor Officials Promise to Fix Program for Coal Miners With Black Lung | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal labor officials told lawmakers today that they have notified dozens of coal workers they should re-apply for black lung benefits because their claims were denied in part based on medical reviews by a controversial Johns Hopkins physician.
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Five Things About Deterrence

Five Things About Deterrence | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Deter would-be criminals by using scientific evidence about human behavior and perceptions about the costs, risks and rewards of crime.
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Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:19 PM
I really really like this article because of how true it is. I think about #2 in particular when it comes to Alaska. There are people here, more namely homeless people, who commit crimes just on the hopes of being arrested because they will receive a roof over their head and 3 meals a day. I have to say while the confinement may cause someone to go a bit stir-crazy, for a lot of criminals, it is the best things they've had in awhile so I understand why prison wouldn't be much of a deterrent. I agree with the article 100% because each persons mind will decide if a crime will be committed, severity of punishment and certainty of capture can still be not enough to deter someone if their version of the reward outweighs the risk.
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Nathaniel Kibby Faces Arraignment in Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping - NBC News

Nathaniel Kibby Faces Arraignment in Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New details about the kidnapping of New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez — who was reportedly held in a storage container for nine months — will be divul...
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Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains

Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The federal marijuana bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt plants with a low percentage of THC.
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Smith & Wesson Fined $2M Over Foreign Bribery Charges

Smith & Wesson Fined $2M Over Foreign Bribery Charges | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Smith & Wesson agreed to pay a $2 million fine to settle charges that employees and company representatives paid foreign officials to win supplier contracts, according to the SEC.
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Colorado Judge Strikes Down Town's Fracking Ban - US News

Colorado Judge Strikes Down Town's Fracking Ban - US News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The ruling comes as a Colorado congressman seeks to put two anti-fracking measures on the November ballot.
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New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition! | Drug Policy Alliance | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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This is HUGE!  When the NYT takes a stance on an issue, it makes an impact.

I spent more of my life as a cop than anything else and I am convinced that you can regulate things without a significant black market developing, but if you criminalize something, criminal organizations and violence are the inevitable, though unintended, consequence.

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Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout

Bayonne police chief retires with huge unused comp time payout | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ralph Scianni, who retired at the start of July as James Davis took over as mayor, will receive $444,450.40 for his unused sick, vacation and personal time, as well as terminal pay for his 34 years on the force, according to city records.
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It's not WCC, but you should try to limit this type of problem in your administration by either: 1) setting aside reserves to cover leave banks so that they don't become unfunded liabilities; or 2) set caps on leave banks and then require that employees take time off.

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Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:05 PM
I agree that there should be caps on time off accumulated and require time off, but at the same time there is no difference other than the fact that the guy is going to be getting it all in a lump sum instead of over a longer period of time if he had taken sick leave or vacation. He risked his life for 34 years so I really don't disagree with what he did especially if no one had told him to take time off or take a vacation.
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Rand Paul: 'Fight for justice now' on unfair sentencing

Rand Paul: 'Fight for justice now' on unfair sentencing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Sen. Rand Paul announced a bill aimed at eliminating criminal sentencing rules that adversely affect minorities.
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Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 26, 2:18 AM

I like what he is saying. How to implement this into our government and get all sides to agree will take a lot of prayer. By not giving people the support they need after they have served their time we only open the door for them to walk back in to prison. We must encourage true reform for these once criminal, so they stay just that once criminals not still criminals. Education is the key along with the support and skills to get and keep a job. If these people can’t take care of the demands we set on them such as child support or the fines and cost of lawyers they will slip into what comes easy to them. They will achieve what they need by any means possible. They will continue to sink lower in the economical class which in turn entrenches them even deeper into deviant and criminal behavior. If we let them keep the crime in the pass with hope of a better tomorrow. I believe most would strive for the better, cleaner, healthier, crime free life. Ran Paul goes on to talk more on education and on how the numbers of blacks and browns flood the jail and prisons. This is a major disadvantage for the ones in jail or prison but also for the woman left behind and the children left without a parent. All of these things add to the perpetuation of criminals from generation to generation. Let’s hope people that are saying these things and the people hearing them take action to improve them.
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cyclists gets instant justice

cyclists gets instant justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
car was tailgating cyclists while doing a sprint at 30mph inches from his rear wheel. luckily a good guy cop stops him right on time.
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Wine Collector Set for Sentencing on Fraud Charges

The sentencing for a California wine collector convicted of selling fake wine was postponed on Thursday after his lawyers claimed that the government inflated the size of the fraud. Prosecutors allege that Rudy Kurniawan sold at least $20 million in fake wine — a calculation meant to...
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Man run over by own truck during road rage

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A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.
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Amanda McColley's comment, July 27, 6:12 PM
This is definitely karma at its finest. But seriously, how dangerous could this man be if he hadn't gotten out of his vehicle? He could have done so much more damage if this incident didn't happen so I am thankful the woman got away with no injuries but it is so scary that the guy was so inebriated that he got mad at another driver when he was the drunk one!
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Grim Details Emerge in FSU Professor's Shooting Death

Grim Details Emerge in FSU Professor's Shooting Death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A law professor at Florida State University gunned down at his home Saturday shot in the side of the head at relatively close range, ABC News has exclusively learned.
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Not yum!

Not yum! | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Will you come back if we clean up our act? JUST a few months ago a meat-processing plant in Shanghai’s Jiading district won a food safety award. Shanghai Husi...
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WCC....and just yuck!

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