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Bias Weighed as Motive in Killings of Brooklyn Shopkeepers

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New York City detectives were looking at the possibility that bias was a motive in the deaths of three men of Middle Eastern descent.
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The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia

The Federal Marijuana Ban Is Rooted in Myth and Xenophobia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An atmosphere of hysteria in the 1930s took hold and shaped a national policy that lives on today.
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Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K

Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Florida man was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly bilked more than three-dozen Apple stores across the country of more than $309,000 worth of products over a several-month stretch.
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Symantec, CA Squirm Under DoJ's Unfair Pricing Allegations | Government | TechNewsWorld

Symantec, CA Squirm Under DoJ's Unfair Pricing Allegations | Government | TechNewsWorld | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The TV game show The Price is Right may be an entertaining diversion, but for federal information technology vendors, getting the price right in government contracts is serious business. Two major software providers, Symantec and CA Technologies, recently found out how serious it can be as a result of separate U.S. Department of Justice investigations.
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FBI: Soldier admitted to photographing his sexual abuse of young girls

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9-yr-old abducted boy sings gospel song until released by kidnapper

9-yr-old abducted boy sings gospel song until released by kidnapper | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A 9-year-old boy, who was abducted from his home in Atlanta, continuously sang a gospel song until his kidnapper snapped and set him free.Willie Myrick, who was taken by a man when he was playing on March 31, said that his abductor was cursing at
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Trip to the loo

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GULLIVER is not quite sure what to make of this story from Australian Associated Press. It reports that a member of Jetstar’s cabin crew recently advised...
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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, 3:05 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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What do you think?  Is he more right or more wrong?

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Nicholas Bessent's comment, July 25, 11:18 PM

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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Truck Accidents Surge, But There's No National Outcry - NBC News

Truck Accidents Surge, But There's No National Outcry - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Early on the morning of Aug. 1, 2006, as Dan Lindner prepared to leave his Illinois home for work, he kissed each of his two boys good bye. But before he cou...
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Couple who reported child in hot car allegedly run over by boy's mother

A Colorado woman who reported seeing a young boy left alone in a hot car was allegedly run over by the child's mother -- and is now confined to a wheelchair.
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In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America

In Church Attics, Clues to the Private Life of Early America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Historians are racing against time to find and preserve records from more than 250 years ago that were kept by New England congregations.
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Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed

Detroit police: Sleeping boy, 8, shot and killed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) â€" An 8-year-old boy who was sleeping early Wednesday died after a bullet fired from outside went through the home's wall and into his bedroom, hitting him, Detroit police said. The child was struck once about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Brewster Homes complex on Detroit's east side, Officer Adam Madera said, and pronounced dead about 45 minutes later at Children's Hospital of Michigan. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday, Wayne County medical examiner's office spokeswoman Mary Mazur said. The boy's name wasn't released by police, but The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press identify him as Jakari Pearson. Neighbors and passers-by started a makeshift memorial of stuffed bears, dogs and other toy animals on the front porch of the home. Late Wednesday morning, police still were at Jakari's home, a corner unit of several attached row houses.
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Why does liberal Iceland want to ban online pornography?

Why does liberal Iceland want to ban online pornography? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ON THE face of it, Saudi Arabia and Iceland have little in common. In the World Economic Forum's 2012 Global Gender Gap report, which compares progress towards...
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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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War, War Crimes, and the crime that occurs when some take advantage of war to hurt others.

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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 25, 11:01 PM
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 25, 11:01 PM
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.
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, July 29, 12:30 PM

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, 3:03 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.