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Police find body in trunk of car, victim identified - WBXH

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Police find body in trunk of car, victim identifiedWBXHThe Assumption Parish Police Jury reported the latest slough in on its blog Tuesday evening. Officials statedMore >>.
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More than 1000 officers execute Canada-wide drug raids as police arrest 103 ... - National Post

More than 1000 officers execute Canada-wide drug raids as police arrest 103 ... - National Post | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
National PostMore than 1000 officers execute Canada-wide drug raids as police arrest 103 ...National PostMONTREAL — One thousand police officers conducted raids in different Canadian cities against an alleged consortium of organized crime that had...
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Why is White-Collar Crime on the Rise?

The Baltimore Times Online Newspaper (Why is White-Collar Crime on the Rise?: Why is White-Collar Crime on the Rise?
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RIALTO: Man on probation arrested with loaded Uzi | Breaking News | PE.com - Press-Enterprise

RIALTO: Man on probation arrested with loaded Uzi | Breaking News | PE.com - Press-Enterprise | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A San Bernardino County probation officer was checking in with a man who had been released from jail early because of realignment (RIALTO: Man on probation arrested with loaded Uzi...According to article this guy was a realignment early release
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Mexico: How far do drug gangs reach?

Mexico: How far do drug gangs reach? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new report using Internet searches to track criminal activity in Mexico found it is concentrated near large Mexican cities, entry points to the US, and highways connecting illicit crops or ports.
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In Mexico, the Day of the Dead brings memories of the thousands of missing

MEXICO CITY — As people across Mexico prepare Day of the Dead offerings with flowers, food and candy skulls, thousands of families across the country can’t mourn their loved ones in the old Mexican tradition, because their relatives have...
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Pirate Bay co-founder in solitary confinement in Sweden — RT

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Sweden has The Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm in solitary confinement, locked up for 23 hours a day, says his mother. Svartholm was convicted of helping people to break copyright law by creating and running the file sharing website.
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Alaska couple charged with stealing tip jars

Alaska couple charged with stealing tip jars | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police say the couple would place an order, wait for a barista to leave the window and then grab the tip jar and drive off. Police say a surveillance video identified Thorp's car and a barista remembered her from high school.
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SD executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl

SD executes man for rape, death of 9-year-old girl | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Donald Moeller, 60, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, marking South Dakota's second execution this month in an unusual surge for a state that has carried out just two other death sentences since 1913.
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Police: Pastor of Fort Worth-Area Church Killed - ABC News

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ABC NewsPolice: Pastor of Fort Worth-Area Church KilledABC NewsA pastor in suburban Fort Worth was killed Monday by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, police said.
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Judge in Whitey Bulger case refuses to step aside

Judge in Whitey Bulger case refuses to step aside | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
BOSTON (AP) — The federal judge presiding over the trial of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has refused a defense lawyer's request to step down. U.S.
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Mari Freitag's comment, November 5, 2012 12:02 AM
These sorts of issues are so interesting to me, because this happens all the time, and it's so difficult to draw the line where a judge should step aside from a case. Also, nobody has control over what this judge does because he's a federal judge and has his job for life unless he's impeached. Some would probably argue that there's a conflict of interest as soon as the possibility arises, and others would wait for more definitive evidence that there's some sort of conflict. At the US supreme court level, Justice Kagan was faced with a decision leading up to the hearing of the Affordable Care Act. She had been involved with the DOJ as solicitor general during the preparation of the case, before she was appointed to the court. Even if she had no involvement in the preparation of the case (so she says), should she have recused herself from the case? This is just one more example, but it's interesting because it shows the amount of discretion that justices have with their jobs. What worries me is that federal judges can exercise this discretion, and are not necessarily held accountable by anyone at all. At least state judges generally have a form of citizen retention or election to keep them accountable to the law. Anyway, this could have also been just another lawyer trying to shake up the court room hoping for a better environment.
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Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fishermen

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that's not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the...
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Two teens charged with break-in at Chicago Police Department stable

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Two boys, 14 and 16, were charged with injuring police animals and burglarizing the Chicago Police Department 's Mounted Unit, according to the Chicago Police Department.  (Two teens charged with break-in at Chicago Police Department stable
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Ark. medical marijuana backers raise $419K - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Ark. medical marijuana backers raise $419K - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ark. medical marijuana backers raise $419KAtlanta Journal ConstitutionMost contributions have come from the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, which donated $400,000 last month.
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Graham Spanier: Jerry Sandusky case took down Penn State president's career - Patriot-News

Graham Spanier: Jerry Sandusky case took down Penn State president's career - Patriot-News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Patriot-NewsGraham Spanier: Jerry Sandusky case took down Penn State president's careerPatriot-NewsHe welcomed his audience in an accent softened by decades away from Chicago, and announced what subject he felt like discussing that month.
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White Collar Crime in Georgia--A Blog By The Goolsby Law Firm ...

White Collar Crime in Georgia--A Blog By The Goolsby Law Firm ... | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Several months earlier, I had fought for the opportunity to handle the prosecution of a major healthcare fraud case. This was a major white collar criminal case --a career-making case -- which had made the news headlines ...
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Armstrong ban questioned by sports law experts: News

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Armstrong ban questioned by sports law experts: News.
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Former Brazilian Model Turned Beggar Stirs Debate on Racism · Global Voices

Former Brazilian Model Turned Beggar Stirs Debate on Racism · Global Voices | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tall, blue-eyed and wrapped in a blanket while roaming the streets of Curitiba, Rafael Nunes, a former Brazilian model, has gained international attention after his picture and story went viral on Facebook and Twitter.
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HU study: Transitional justice in war-torn countries

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Conference probes if models of transitional justice in war-torn countries
can be applied to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Blind man tests DMV's exam methods

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Have you heard the one about the blind man who walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica, took an eye test and left with a new driver's license?
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Kiara's comment, November 1, 2012 5:19 PM
This is a very interesting article. When I started to read it, it made me think of other drivers who are on the road but shouldn't be. I'm glad the article addressed the issue of the elderly along with people with visual impairments, dementia etc. I think it's important for DMV's everywhere to make more responsible decisions on who they are issuing Drivers licenses' to. I believe that it can be just as dangerous to drive under the speed limit, as it is to drive above the speed limit. I'm glad that this article pointed out that anyone can report a persons driving skills when they feel concerned about someone’s driving ability. It is very true that bad drivers are all different ages, so any factor that a person believes contributes to dangerous driving should be reported. It could mean saving the lives of drivers, passengers and other motorists that share the road. It’s disturbing that a man who lost 94% of his vision was able to essentially walk out of the DMV with a driver’s license. Yeah, he told this story not wanting anyone to lose their jobs but really they should. Whoever issued this man his license should no longer work there. The whole point of their job is to ensure that people have the adequate skills necessary to safely drive a vehicle. It’s scary to think that not everyone is as honest as Mark Overland and they are out driving when they shouldn’t be.
Kimberly's comment, November 15, 2012 8:47 PM
This was an interesting article to read.There are many people on the road that shouldn't be driving, and I wonder if this is due to holes in the DMV's exam methods. The person who was issuing his tests realized there were some things off about this man. He was reading the wrong thing and she realized that. That should be a red flag. The DMV is responsible for who they give licenses out to, and that the person who is going to operate the vehicle can do so safely. It is disturbing that Mr. Overland got his license and has lost 94% of his vision. It is good to know that there are still some honest people out there who are willing to not drive because they know that it will save lives and it will be more safer that way.
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Newborn survives night in 40-degree weather after being abandoned in handbag

Newborn survives night in 40-degree weather after being abandoned in handbag | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Newborn survives being abandoned near a Central Texas home on a night when temperatures dipped into the 40s in a handbag.
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Kiara's comment, November 1, 2012 5:32 PM
As sad as this story is, dropping the baby off was probably the best thing for him. The mother was obviously not in the right state of mind to care for this child. Especially because she dropped him off when conditions were not adequate for anyone, much less a baby. The child was probably not outside for too long, or at least that’s the hope. Its is comforting to know that hopefully this baby will find a loving home and be well taken care of. I’m glad that Texas allows desperate mothers the ability to drop their children off at hospitals, no questions asked. I think more states should allow this act, so that children aren’t being kept by mothers who do not have the means to properly care for them. Had it been my doorstep, I would have wondered if it was just an act of coincidence or if the mother chose my family for a reason. It would be wise for hospitals to give psychiatric evaluations to new mothers when they have certain suspicions, so that the mother isn’t taking the child out of the hospital when their mental state isn’t stable or their living conditions aren’t fit for a newborn baby.
LaDonna Coghill's comment, November 1, 2012 7:29 PM
If this were me and I found a baby outside my house I would be so angry at the person that had left it in the cold, I mean c’mon at least knock on the door or ring the doorbell and run to give quicker discovery. But at the same time I would be respectful in the fact that whoever had given birth to the baby knew that they were not able to care for the baby and did the best thing possible, so that it could have a chance.
I think that it is great for Texas to allow ill fit mothers the opportunity to leave their baby in safe places, this way the babies aren’t put into worse situations throughout their lives with parents that didn’t want them or that couldn’t take care of them, they could be adopted into great and deserving families that are able to love and care for them.
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Help! A Girl I Once Bullied Committed Suicide.

Help! A Girl I Once Bullied Committed Suicide. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is on Washingtonpost.com weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week.
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Boy Says He Was Mad at His Dog So He Killed It

Boy Says He Was Mad at His Dog So He Killed It | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Calif.12-year-old says he killed dog by hanging because he wanted to see the terrier mix die...
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Anchorage: Anchorage nightclub patron shot and killed in ruckus outside of club | Crime | ADN.com

Anchorage: Anchorage nightclub patron shot and killed in ruckus outside of club | Crime | ADN.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A fatal shooting outside a downtown Anchorage nightclub early Sunday happened just before bar closing hours as the crowd spilled outside.
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Irish citizen arrested and charged with defrauding Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg

Irish citizen arrested and charged with defrauding Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Irish citizen arrested and charged with defrauding Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg...
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Kiara's comment, November 1, 2012 6:17 PM
Wow! 40 years in prison. He committed a serious crime & no doubt he should pay for his criminal behavior. But people who have murdered have served lesser sentences than that. I watched the movie about Facebook & it really made me dislike the creator of Facebook. This has nothing to do with my opinion about what this person did. It makes you think about how much dishonesty has surrounded Facebook in general. The Facebook movie does not portray a very good image of Mark Zuckerberg. I just don’t pin him as much of a victim as this article represents. In the end the schemer will get what he deserves and all is well in the world of Facebook.