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Boy, 14, shoots dad working two jobs dead on bus in Brooklyn

Boy, 14, shoots dad working two jobs dead on bus in Brooklyn | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New York police say a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a city bus Thursday evening in Brooklyn, fatally shooting a passenger in the head.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 25, 2014 2:33 PM
With this case, one thing surprised me - that there were no charges filed against the shooter. I do not really agree with the argument that the kid didn't intend to kill him and that a different legislature would help. This kid was 14 and he was firing his gun on a bus, so he probably didn't get the gun legally and he knew that if he fires the gun on a bus, there is a high chance that somebody is going to he shot. Even though he was 14, I think that he knew very well what he was doing and that it wasn't accident or that he didn't know what he was doing. If he is under-aged, should his parents be punished as well? Because they failed to raise him well and oversee him while being under-aged. I agree that more information would be helpful but I think that the kid should serve many and many years in a prison.
James Greer's comment, March 28, 2014 1:50 AM
I'm with Ricky on this -- he needs to be checked out, and we need to figure out why he did it. If it's a mental thing, then he deserves to get treatment and, if possible, put back into society without a black mark on his file making life impossible. If it wasn't mental, then we need to understand why he did it--and what can be done to prevent anyone else from doing this again for the same reasons. But what we shouldn't do is try to make decisions from a position of emotional vulnerability where logic isn't going to be used in any rational form.
kak57's comment, March 29, 2014 9:14 PM
With a case like this it seems like this boy had something mentally wrong with him. He shot an innocent man who wasn't his initial target; something that a mentally stable 14 year old boy wouldn't do. I'm thinking that something was mentally wrong with him and he needs to be examined and asked why he did this. He is old enough to understand what he was doing and understand why it was wrong.
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Babysitter pleads guilty, confesses to shaking New Jersey girl, 2, to death 

A New Jersey babysitter violently shook a 2-year-old girl and then left her to die so she could play on a Facebook game.

Sheila Polanski confessed to getting angry with tiny Madeline McHenry, who she said was whining, at the toddler's Gloucester City home on Jul. 5, 2011.
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tasaha's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:36 AM

Before opening this article, I expected the babysitter to be a young teen who may not understood her actions, but this was a grown woman. It sounded like the babysitter plea bargained to the lesser charge (hence the 12 yrs.). I agree that the parents should have done a little more homework, but at the same time, it is not a foolproof process. What a sad case indeed.

Andrew Kelly's comment, March 25, 2014 2:49 PM
I agree that this lady wasn't young and inexperienced in any way, she had years of experience and she should have known better. The question is what the parents could do to prevent this. Maybe they should have required a clear background check, and a proof that she is mentally healthy and not taking any medication. Even though they should have done more homework, they got the highest recommendations for her and she probably looked as a great fit at first. I think that the babysitter should get more than 12 years in a prison, because not that she only killed the baby, but she also was acting like nothing was going on and she left the baby dying on the floor. She is either mentally ill and needs a professional help, or she needs to serve her time in the prison. The justice system should protect the society from individuals like her.
kak57's comment, March 29, 2014 9:07 PM
I agree that I thought this babysitter was going to be young and inexperienced and was surprised to find that she was older and had experience. A case like this is now going to cause parents, when looking for a babysitter, to think twice. Possibly even do a background check on people they don't know. This also causes me to be curious where the parents heard that she was a highly recommended babysitter. I think that she should get more than 12 years in prison.
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Army general fined, reprimanded in sex case

Army general fined, reprimanded in sex case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FORT BRAGG — An army general avoided jail time and was reprimanded and fined a total of $20,000 for inappropriate relationships with three subordinates in a closely watched court case.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 25, 2014 6:16 PM
This is a very interesting case. I think that the army general didn't get what he deserved. Not even that he was guilty of a sexual assault, but also he was "stealing" from the army, since he was using the army credit card to pay for his trips to see his "girlfriend". What also surprised me is that he said that first thing he is going to do is that he is going to go see his wife and kids. I am surprised that his wife didn't want to get divorced. Also, I understand the argument that if he loses any ranks, his family will be hurt by him not getting all the retirement benefits, question is, if he deserves them or not for what he did. If he did such a mistake, I think that him or his family doesn't deserve anything...
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Lessons from 'Batman,' an ex-Chicago gangster

Lessons from 'Batman,' an ex-Chicago gangster | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lonza "Batman" Harris Jr. talks about why he joined one of Chicago's most violent gangs and his "hidden agenda" to change the Gangster Disciples from within.
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Rob Duke's comment, March 25, 2014 2:17 PM
Here's some more anecdotal support for Venkatesh's theories related to the underground economy. I also experienced this idealism from gang leaders when I worked in Fresno County through 2011; and, in the L.A. basin up until 1996.
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Houston dad shoots, kills boy found inside daughter’s bedroom

Houston dad shoots, kills boy found inside daughter’s bedroom | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Houston father allegedly fatally shot a teenage boy inside his teen daughter’s room early Thursday morning after the two had a confrontation, MyFoxHouston.com reported.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, March 24, 2014 2:05 AM
The father seems to have justification for his actions based on the information provided by this article. The teen was believed to be an unknown intruder based on the daughters statements to her father at the time of the incident. The teen also reached for something that would call for a quick decision to be made in defending ones self and family. I believe the situation could have been avoided all together. The boy should not have been in the girls room without being invited by the parents. This is a tragedy but the fathers actions did not over step any laws in my opinion.
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Police: Parents overdosed on heroin at McDonald's

Police: Parents overdosed on heroin at McDonald's | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CINCINNATI — Police say two parents were found unresponsive from overdosing on heroin with their two young children at a McDonald's play yard.
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Colby Wallace's comment, March 16, 2014 2:51 PM
I would charge these two to highest extents of the law. The fact that they did not know their limit or choose to push it shows that they have no regard to the safety of their children. These people are not fit to be parents.
Shasta Pomeroy's comment, March 16, 2014 9:20 PM
This is a very sad case. Though the children are supposed to be distanced from the father Robert Paul Palmer, and at first this would seem beneficial, it will be hard on the children. When children are distanced from their parents, it causes emotional upheaval and stress on the children. The parents are being held accountable for their actions, but I hope that the children are able to be well taken care of during this difficult time for them.
Austin Cullen Rogers's curator insight, March 27, 2014 2:44 AM

Parenting is something that not everyone is fit for, especially if you're a heroin addict. Honestly, I don't care if someone shoots up on heroin as long as they keep to themselves and don't hurt anyone else. In this case these heroin addicts hurt their children and put them in a rather dangerous situation. Who knows how many times these children have seen their parents shoot up, they probably know how to do it themselves. Overall the moral of the story is that hardcore drugs and children don't mix.

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Yakima Herald Republic | Human trafficking bills head to Gov. Inslee’s desk

Yakima Herald Republic | Human trafficking bills head to Gov. Inslee’s desk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Isaac Peacock's comment, March 13, 2014 1:45 AM
This makes me proud of our politicians. And will help capture a lot of the people who used to slip through the cracks
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Elmira vandalism spree led to restorative justice movement

Elmira vandalism spree led to restorative justice movement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It was 28 years before Russ Kelly learned the impact of a drunken vandalism spree he and a friend went on in Elmira in 1974.
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Hearing held for one of ‘Fairbanks Four’

Hearing held for one of ‘Fairbanks Four’ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — One of the four men attempting to overturn a 1997 Fairbanks murder conviction had a brief scheduling hearing Tuesday in Fairbanks. 
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Dash cam captures horrific crash in Canada

Dash cam captures horrific crash in Canada | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Canadian couple survives a horrific crash captured by their dashboard camera. The video results in charges against the other driver.
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Not a Subi, but they survived.

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Isaac Peacock's comment, March 13, 2014 2:03 AM
That camera certainly paid for itself there.
Zach White's comment, March 18, 2014 6:34 AM
I like to see these dash cams doing some good catching and exonerating people in all sorts of different scenarios.
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Thief makes off with dozens of wood pallets from Fox

Thief makes off with dozens of wood pallets from Fox | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — It’s no secret that wooden shipping pallets are a hot commodity in Fairbanks. Residents in Alaska’s second-largest city use them for everything from burning to stacking firewood on to building ice fishing houses out of to making backgrounds for shooting targets.
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Isaac Peacock's comment, March 13, 2014 2:09 AM
This could start a new reallity show "Pallet Wars"
Zach White's comment, March 18, 2014 6:41 AM
A new upcrop in the underground economy? That would be less readily available and more expensive than the legitimate economy?
Rob Duke's comment, March 25, 2014 2:20 PM
My guess is teens using them for bonfires out on Chena Hot Springs Road....
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UAF wins 2014 Pacific Rim Cyber Collegiate Defense Competition

UAF wins 2014 Pacific Rim Cyber Collegiate Defense Competition | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Isaac Peacock's comment, March 13, 2014 2:18 AM
This gives me a mixture of pride and confusion because my interment service t UAF is like a Ferrari driven by a drunk: very fast and likely to crash when least expected.
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How the cybercrime industry fueled Target breach: McAfee

How the cybercrime industry fueled Target breach: McAfee | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A "dark web" industry that services cybercriminals helped fueled the attacks that led to Target's massive data breach, McAfee Labs told CNBC.
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2 School Children Die in Mass China Poisoning | TIME

2 School Children Die in Mass China Poisoning | TIME | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities are unsure how rat poison was ingested
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tasaha's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:45 AM

First, I would like to say that I was surprised that this even made the news. Not because it was not newsworthy, but because China is rigorous in restricting media and news. That being said, the article left me with more questions than answers. If the food was safe than how did they ingest the poison? Did they check the water? They say that there was no evidence of foul play, but how could that be the case unless the food or water was contaminated before entering the school?  

Ricky Osborne's comment, March 24, 2014 1:48 AM
This is sad news to hear. Two young kindergarten girls lost their lives due to negligent handling of the school’s food. This negligence calls for a criminal investigation in which someone needs to be held accountable for what has transpired. Depending on the circumstances, capital punishment may need to be considered. This of course depends on whether or not such actions were predetermined or not. Hopefully the families will be able to cope with the loss of their children.
Andrew Kelly's comment, March 25, 2014 2:37 PM
I agree that this article didn't provide much information at all. If the food was safe, how did they get poisoned? I agree that one of the possibilities was water, but how would that get into water? Also, the food while cooked was safe, but maybe somebody put the rat poison on individual plates or somehow on silverware. I agree that someone has to be held accountable for this, but with the limited set of information, the question is who...
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Notorious drug den busted in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Notorious drug den busted in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Vancouver police have seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs and a DTES property in a bust of suspected drug dealers who were allegedly preying on marginalized residents.
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Andrew Kelly's comment, March 25, 2014 3:07 PM
This is an interesting case. I was surprised that the value of the drugs they had "on stock" was only abut $300,000, which is not as much as I expected going through the article. Also, what surprised me was the law allowing the government to seize the whole building, sell it, and use the money to fight the crime. I mentioned this because the owners were not charged of anything and they took their property - I either understand it wrong or this is not right - charge the owners and take their property, but you just can't take their property if you don't charge them with anything...
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Ohio Court Reverses Ruling That Freed Ex-Cop

Ohio Court Reverses Ruling That Freed Ex-Cop | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A judge was wrong to release a former Ohio police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison for his ex-wife's killing after new testing of a bite mark cast doubt on his conviction, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The decision comes a little more than a year after Douglas Prade was freed...
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Charges unlikely for Houston dad accused of shooting daughter’s boyfriend, prosecutor says

Charges unlikely for Houston dad accused of shooting daughter’s boyfriend, prosecutor says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Houston father who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was inside his daughter’s bedroom early Thursday morning will likely not be charged, an area prosecutor told MyFoxHouston.com.
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Rob Duke's comment, March 25, 2014 2:16 PM
There's no duty to retreat once the daughter is safe?
David S's comment, March 26, 2014 10:25 AM
Not according to Texas Castle Doctrine, not in your own habitation. Texas Penal Code §9.31 and §9.32. Surprisingly though, he'd have to use non lethal force to remove him from his house. Again though, because the teen "reached for something" that the father obviously, at the time, assumed was a weapon.
Rob Duke's comment, March 26, 2014 5:58 PM
Tough to find out there was no weapon. We used to drill in the mantra that the only right answer was "I was afraid", but I remember that sinking feeling one night after shooting at a suspect I was sure had crouched and fired at me; only to find an empty cordless drill box at the location and the suspect "in the wind". I had a tense couple hours until we found him, found out he was alive and he copped out where he had hidden the gun.
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Florida man accused of shooting movie-goer for texting sent text moments before

Florida man accused of shooting movie-goer for texting sent text moments before | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Records show that a retired police captain who reportedly shot a man in a movie theater because he was texting had sent a text message to his own son moments before the incident.
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Colby Wallace's comment, March 16, 2014 2:46 PM
This case seems to be riddled with unknown facts. Everything here seems a little off. The testimony of a retired police officer must have some sway in the court room however. I wonder what the prompt is to start such an incident.
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US dismisses charges against Indian diplomat

US dismisses charges against Indian diplomat | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Devyani Khobragade s conditions of bail are terminated and her bond is exonerated rules judge
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Zach White's comment, March 18, 2014 6:26 AM
This is an interesting instance, as I'm not familiar with international law I don't know if her under-paying and over working her maid is illegal here if they had made the arrangement in India.
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PeaceTalk Conference "Growing from Conflict into Inafa'Maolek" Promotes Mediation and Restorative Justice

Pacific News Center - The most breaking news, local news and sports news for Guam and the Marianas, along with K57 Interviews.
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Inside the underground sex economy

Inside the underground sex economy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Urban Institute offer an empirical analysis of the size and structure of the underground commercial sex economies in 8 major U.S. cities. Of those, Atlanta has the largest cash-based market.
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Drug suspect arrested in Colorado after carjacking 3 vehicles, leading cops on wild high-speed chase  

Drug suspect arrested in Colorado after carjacking 3 vehicles, leading cops on wild high-speed chase    | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A wanted maniac led police on a wild, high-speed chase through Colorado on Wednesday after he stole a car from a gas station and then managed to carjack two other drivers during the pursuit.
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Isaac Peacock's comment, March 13, 2014 1:56 AM
Great example of a snowballing crime. should have stopped while he was ahead.
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Richardson Highway chase ends with arrest

Richardson Highway chase ends with arrest | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — An Ester man was stopped with a spike strip and charged with driving under the influence after a 6-mile chase down the Richardson Highway Saturday night.
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Pistorius argued with cop who touched his gun, friend says

Pistorius argued with cop who touched his gun, friend says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African track star Oscar Pistorius had a row with a policeman who picked up his gun after pulling over his friend for speeding, saying You can't just touch another man's gun,
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Zach White's comment, March 18, 2014 6:47 AM
This half-man has skated his way through legal trouble on his pseudo celebrity status and is liable to get away with murder... How is this crap happening?
Rob Duke's comment, March 25, 2014 2:20 PM
It's a Inquisitorial System in South Africa, so they spend a good deal of time as a system trying to clear the innocent, as well as, convict the guilty.
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Why Oscar's Trial should look more like the TRC and less like a game of Mortal Combat

The system is also strongly about the rules of play. We have an artificial system of evidence as opposed to a free system of evidence.
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