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Texas man accused of killing drunken driver after crash that killed both his sons

Texas man accused of killing drunken driver after crash that killed both his sons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Texas man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting at a crash scene of a suspected drunken driver who authorities say plowed into his sons, killing both boys.
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Mike Dallaire's comment, February 15, 2013 11:34 PM
The evidence is not sufficient enough to raise the question as to whether or not he actually committed the crime. However, we can speculate and anybody who reads the article, likely will. The big question that comes from it, aside from whether or not one thinks he actually committed the crime, is whether or not he was justified in doing so. It does raising an interesting point as to where the boundaries of justification in law are. Solid arguments could be made on both sides. They of course, in this case would both be right, in my opinion, which means they would also both be wrong. Obviously, as one who abides by the law I'd like to be able to put my full trust in the justice system. Though some parts of the system seem flawed, I believe there's still enough good within the system to put a certain amount of faith in it that a punishment will be handed out. Unfortunately, whether or not the punishment fits the crime is often one of the flaws in the system. Now, I'm no parent but I do have nieces and nephews that I care for dearly. So, if I were a parent I can't imagine the amount of pain and grief this would cause. Assume for a second that there weren't two other children alive and well in the car. Would it matter to you as an individual whether or not you went to jail if the very things, the very people you loved more then life itself had suddenly been taken away from you? For those of you who are local, you may recall the incident at the corner of Steese and Johannsen a few years back where the young girl was struck by a speeding motorist not paying attention. If memory serves correctly, her body stopped over 100 yards from the point of impact. The point of impact being where her shoes were found. I believe a memorial still stands at the intersection. At the time her mother was an employee at Seekins. Can imagine hearing something that close to your work only to have an officer tell you that involves your child? Lets look at it from a different perspective. Since this is not the first DUI related homicide, and unfortunately won't be the last, do you think the guilt felt by the victim is enough of a "punishment?" is it a good deterrent? Or will the guilt from the pain they've caused be too much for them to bear? will you then be looking at a possible suicide or will it drive them further into the bottle? Getting back to the issue at hand, had the drunk driver lived do you think 1) the crime would have fit the punishment? and 2) would the father really care? One more point to think about. Certain cities and states advocate the right for you to be able to defend yourself from those who would do you harm? While most of the time this rule or law is applied to self defense (most particularly in the home), where does one draw the line as to defending themselves or others? Don't get me wrong I'm certainly not an advocate of straight vigilanteism. And though I've probably raised more questions then answers I hope they've been thought provoking.
Sarah O'Leary's comment, February 16, 2013 11:42 PM
At this point they don’t have enough hard evidence to prove he did it, but he certainly had motive, especially in the heat of the moment. My first thought when I had just read the title of this article is that you can put this story into perspective and see a new light shed on the topic. If this were to happen in earlier centuries, the father of the boys would have way more justification on his side. “Eye for an eye” would have applied in this case and the retaliation may have gone unscathed. However this is not the case in modern times. I am in no way legitimizing his reactions to the double death of his sons by the hands of negligence, but his situation does create some sympathy.
Kyle Maines's comment, February 19, 2013 3:19 AM
This really is a shame. I understand why Mr. Barajas did it, thought I don’t fully agree with it. I can’t say I wouldn’t feel like doing the same thing if I was in the same situation. Clearly it was a “heat of the moment” type of crime and whether or not I believe that Banda deserved it for what he did it should have been dealt with correctly, with Banda being arrested and being locked up for the rest of his life. Now on top of losing the two young children the family also has to deal with this.
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Why The Super-Successful Get Depressed

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Depression among the C-suite crowd may be counterintuitive, but it’s very real. Here’s why it happens.
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Supporters, legislators befuddled by convoluted marijuana bill

Supporters, legislators befuddled by convoluted marijuana bill | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Legislation that would decriminalize marijuana has supporters concerned the measure is a step in the wrong direction, and in its current form, may make already complicated marijuana laws in Alaska even more difficult to navigate.
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Former Supreme Court Justice Confirms Texas Once Executed An Innocent Man

Former Supreme Court Justice Confirms Texas Once Executed An Innocent Man | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged evidence that Texas put an innocent man to death for a murder in the 1980s.

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New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration

New Campaign Seeks to Sharply Reduce Youth Incarceration | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A national juvenile justice campaign launched today with the ambitious goals of halving youth incarceration in 15 states over the next five years while expanding community-based alternatives for offenders.

The Youth First! Initiative — founded by longtime juvenile justice advocate Liz Ryan — will also seek to reduce rampant racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile incarceration.

“The vast majority of these kids are in for things like misdemeanors, status offenses [such as cutting school or alcohol possession], property offenses, drug offenses, even probation and parole violations,” Ryan said. “To me, it just underscores that at a minimum, we could experience another 50 percent drop in youth incarceration.”

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Two bodies found near pond where missing couple's car discovered earlier

Two bodies found near pond where missing couple's car discovered earlier | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities in Georgia have issued an arrest warrant in connection with the case of a missing elderly couple who have not been seen since they responded to a Craigslist advertisement about a car. 
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Economic Freedom Does Not Necessarily Lead to Greater Tolerance

Economic Freedom Does Not Necessarily Lead to Greater Tolerance | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Open markets tend to lead to open minds, but not always, especially regarding race.
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The economics of optimism

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“THE lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone...
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Tension between urban and rural interests in development and beyond

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By Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Seferihisar, Turkey Local governments: first line of defence against the most critical issues of humankind It is said that cities were first founded to meet people’s need fo...

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At Wasilla traffic stop, a flight, a fight and a mobile meth lab discovered

At Wasilla traffic stop, a flight, a fight and a mobile meth lab discovered | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska State Troopers say they discovered a mobile meth lab after a Wasilla man fled a traffic stop, then fought with the arresting officer.
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How to “trick” people into caring about nature

How to “trick” people into caring about nature | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
M. Sanjayan talks to Salon about why conservation is in our own self-interest VIDEO
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...or just give the property rights to someone and let a market develop.  Countries that "give" the right to harvest elephant ivory, have a healthy elephant population, whereas countries that "protect" elephants are facing species extinction.  See the Coase Theorem:

http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1105&context=econ_fac

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The Parents Always Wondered Why Their Dog Attacked Their Baby Sitter, The Truth Is Disturbing!!

SHOCKING: Parents discover a horrifying truth about their son’s babysitter!
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John David Murphy's comment, January 25, 9:18 PM
Sometimes animals are smarter than we give them credit for....... I like the idea of recording what happens in your home if someone you barely know is in it.
Corbin Sandgren's comment, January 26, 1:35 AM
It was a good use of resources on the parents part to record the babysitter without her knowledge, but it is sad that it took so long for them to do so.
Kelly Logue's comment, Today, 1:30 AM
This is incredibly saddening and heartbreaking. I feel that if this had happened in other regions of the world, this baby sitter wouldn't have gotten 3 years in prison but something completely worse than that. Having said that, it could be the opposite in other regions too.
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Is there a microchip implant in your future?

Is there a microchip implant in your future? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade.
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Jessica Ramos's comment, January 25, 11:57 PM
With many people out there doing bad things such as hacking systems, and stealing credit card information, I really worry about things like this. Our own government is know for spying on us. Why should we give them tool to do so? I understand the good side to this, but the bad outweighs it. By a lot.
Kyle May's comment, January 26, 3:09 AM
I agree there is a worry about security concerns but I don't see it as the bad outweights the good. We carry around a pocket GPS which *could* track out locations already, so how would this be much different? I don't know about anyone else, but my phone goes with me where-ever I am 24/7.
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A Massive Social Experiment On You Is Under Way, And You Will Love It

A Massive Social Experiment On You Is Under Way, And You Will Love It | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
With and without our consent, Websites, wearables and apps are running millions of experiments on us every day to make them more money and make us healthier, happier and smarter.
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Hidden America: Chilling New Look at Sex Trafficking in the US

ABC's Diane Sawyer reports on the danger of vulnerable young women falling victim to prostitution rings.

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The average age a girl enters prostitution is 12-14 years old!

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Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half

Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

study by researchers at Southern Methodist University has demonstrated that teenage girls who learn to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual reality simulator are less likely suffer long term effects from sexual victimization. The training program, called “My Voice, My Choice,” allowed “girls to practice being assertive in a realistic environment. The intent of the program is for the learning opportunity to increase the likelihood that they will use the skills in real life,” associate professor of psychology at SMU Simpson Rowe said. “Research has shown that skills are more likely to generalize if they are practiced in a realistic environment, so we used virtual reality to increase the realism,” she continued. “It is very promising that learning resistance skills and practicing them in virtual simulations of coercive interactions could reduce the risk for later sexual victimization.”


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, Today, 6:27 AM

One advantage of virtual simulations is the ability to actually observe how girls react to coercive situations that feel very real.

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Victims of crime let down by criminal justice system, report finds

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Commissioner Lady Newlove says staff fail to show compassion and calls for clear guidance on how to provide support Victims of crime feel let down and ignored by the criminal justice system despite repeated government promises to improve its...

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Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F.

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Psychology studies suggest rising wealth means more jerks in S.F. If it seems that San Franciscans are getting more entitled and self-absorbed, a series of psychology studies performed at UC Berkeley indicates there could be a scientific reason: the city’s increasing wealth. Paul Piff, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine (he moved from UC Berkeley just a few weeks ago), has spent the past decade conducting about 50 studies on how wealthy peop
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How Economists Came to Dominate the Conversation

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A search of the archives of The New York Times finds that the use of the term “economist” rose in the past century, outpacing “historian.”
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Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up

Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has narrowed as more have fallen to the bottom of the economic ladder.
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Brazil in 'worst water crisis'

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Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira says the country's most populous states are experiencing their worst water crisis since 1930.

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The royal road to ruin

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In a series following our print article on conflicting approaches to free speech after the terrorist attacks in Paris on January 7th, our correspondents offer more...
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Another in the Good Life series: Thailand: Deface a bank note; wear black on the King’s birthday; stay sitting during the national anthem…in Thailand these 'crimes' could land you in jail. The first in a series of in-depth online articles examining the threats to freedom of speech around the world...

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The man of make-believe

The man of make-believe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OVER the years, all sorts were tried. One was a navy football coach; one ran a fencing company. One was a jobbing actor in police dramas; one lived in the New York...
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Some insight into the good life "American-style"...

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Kelly Logue's comment, Today, 1:22 AM
This I feel like expresses the Western society's view on the good life. This article gives this romantic view on what all you need in the world is, which for western society would be a big family, home cooked meals and laughter with lots and lots of love. This obviously isn't the same for every region in the world but this depicts the western one very well.
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Ivory mafia: how criminal gangs are killing Africa's elephants

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Shortly before 11 am on the last Saturday in May, a heavily laden white Mitsubishi truck pulled into the Fuji Motors East Africa car dealership in an industrial neighbourhood on the northern edge of Mombasa.

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Corbin Sandgren's comment, January 26, 1:25 AM
Africa has an issue with corruption these gangs pay off officers, judges, detectives, shipping agents, custom officers, park rangers, and freight forwarders to cover themselves in case a shipment is compromised. Also the bosses cannot be pin pointed because they pay people to do their work.
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Demographics of Sexual Fantasy

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The Demographics of Sexual Fantasy: Analyzing the authorship of 290K erotic stories
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