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Florida Cops Defend Handling of Ocean Rescue Case - NBC News

Florida Cops Defend Handling of Ocean Rescue Case - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police in Daytona Beach, Fla., are defending their handling of the case involving a mother who plunged a minivan filled with her three kids into the ocean — ...
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Susanna's comment, March 12, 12:32 AM
I really don´t see what the officer could have done for the family. If the woman wasn´t giving any signs of hurting her children. Good thing that there were people to save the children.
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30-year-old cold case solved in California after suspect commits suicide

30-year-old cold case solved in California after suspect commits suicide | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A cold case murder suspect identified through fingerprint and DNA evidence was found dead days after learning that he'd been linked to the crime.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, March 9, 7:52 PM
30 years is a long time for a case to finally be solved. Its good to see that today's technologies are helping us to reexamine evidence of cold cases. Such allows for the discovery or new evidence which may lead to solving the case. The perpetrator in this case was allowed to be free for 30 years. He will never have to face any sort of punishment due to the fact that he took his own life. Justice in this case was not served. Hopefully the family of the victim can now find closure.
Ashley Brevak's comment, March 10, 1:17 PM
This is amazing. I’m glad they finally found the person who killed this woman. I think it’s rare for them to crack cold cases so; this is a huge break through. I agree with Hathaway in his note basically saying that he took the coward way out. He certainly did. That is a long time to pass from the point of the crime being committed and his death (from the age of 17-48). It shows how far we’ve come with forensic science. I’m glad that her family (if she has any right now) may have closure. It’s a shame that he committed suicide but at least he’s gone in some way.
tasaha's curator insight, March 10, 7:29 PM

It is funny how many people, who commit crimes such as this, can live with that crime until they get caught. That is what takes them over the edge…not committing a crime but getting caught for a crime they committed. I am glad that science has come as far as it has. Perhaps DNA evidence will deter crime to an extent.

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Mass. lawmakers moving to outlaw 'upskirt' photos - Boston.com

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to act quickly to pass legislation outlawing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.
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Cincinnati police probe Greenpeace security breach

Cincinnati police probe Greenpeace security breach | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CINCINNATI (AP) â€" Cincinnati police are calling a meeting of the city's businesses in the aftermath of a security breach at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters by Greenpeace activists. The activists were protesting P&G's use of a palm oil supplier they say is tied to tropical forest destruction.
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Tribal court's chief judge works for Yurok-style justice

Tribal court's chief judge works for Yurok-style justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Abby Abinanti metes out a more community-based form of justice for tribal members — starting with the question, 'Who's your mom?'
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I was a police chief in this far north area of California.

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Girl, 14, forced to work O.C. streets as a prostitute, D.A. says

Girl, 14, forced to work O.C. streets as a prostitute, D.A. says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A convicted cocaine dealer now accused of raping a 14-year-old Arizona girl and luring her into prostitution went on trial Tuesday in Orange County’s first test of a year-old law that increases the punishment for human trafficking.
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Delisa Chapman's comment, March 6, 5:40 AM
This is all around terrible. I don't understand how anyone can think that is okay, they should have no problem with putting him away. One thing that caught me off guard was the fact that he picked her up from a strip club in Arizona. How does a 14 year old work at a strip club? This story is just all around wrong.
Shelly DeWilde's comment, March 6, 9:14 AM
Like the prosecutor said 'the girl never had a chance.' A troubled home can cause a multitude of criminal behaviors and crime. Opening her up to this type of lifestyle is, I'm sure, enabling her to continue with it or hopefully it will be a turning point in her life's development. This has brought her actions to light and because of that I'm sure there are many fast track outreach programs that have been in contact with her and are more than willing to help. The cocaine dealer and sex trafficker has, probably due to a multiple problems in his youth such as his home, the crimes he's committed (labeling), and drug use has brought him to commit such heinous crimes. I can't say for sure why he did it but he probably knows more than I do. These are people who have been subjected to and subjective of their actions.
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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Bonnie and Clyde |

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Bonnie and Clyde | | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of Bonnie and Clyde, but have you heard of Bonnie and Roy? This month marks the 79th anniversary of the deaths of notorious crime duo Bonnie and Clyde on May 23, 1934. The young gangsters in love tore across the American Southwest during the Great Depression, leaving a trail of robberies and… Read more
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Jonathan Reed's comment, March 6, 3:07 AM
Pretty good post. I'd never have thought of them in that light, which isn't strange because i haven't really took the time out to find out much about the crime duo. After reading quite a bit on the wild spree of robberies and murders. It's pretty clear that Bonnie really didn't have a serious part in any of the robberies. Besides being an accomplice, Bonnie was nothing more than a tag along. She was still married to Roy Thornton, who himself was a criminal, which begs to be explained how that worked out with her driving around the country with another man. Clyde on the other hand was a wild young man. I almost want to know what his childhood was like. Something has to be said to explain why he chose such a violence driven, criminal, and negligent lifestyle. Then again, I can't help but to also think that regardless of how it may seem like this innocent married woman and lawless rumbustious youngster chose to live their lives, it's a great example of the say, "the crowd you keep". This is a great example of Social process theory.
Shelly DeWilde's comment, March 6, 9:26 AM
I would not say that Bonnie was innocent, she was an accomplice and from the article intelligent. However, intelligence does not mean wise. She may have been an enabler during their career perhaps on some occasions the mind behind the scene. She was 4'11 so striking fear in those around her would have been difficult. I did not realize her first husband was a criminal, that may have been why she left him however that begs the questions why did she choose another criminal to be with? I personally believe that she was an enabler, and a smart one at that. Family remained important to them even after all their crimes so growing up was probably not a factor to their criminality. It was perhaps due to an economic need and an impulsive thrill that needed to be met.
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Justices seem to side with police in deadly chase case

Justices seem to side with police in deadly chase case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Dangerous," "Reckless" -- "Innocent people who might get injured or killed."
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Jonathan Reed's comment, March 6, 3:36 AM
I think that this post posses a great question. When is it necessary to use excessive force? What i think is being ignored in this case is that the DRIVER chose to go on a high speed chase with police, not the passenger. So why then is 15 shots fired into a vehicle with a passenger, no violent crime committed, no report of a weapon, while surrounded by police necessary? This to me really needs to be discussed by the supreme courts and legislation. I think the police were completely out of order. I know that it is possible that the driver could have killed someone while being chased and that something needed to be done before anything happened, but i do believe that other actions could have been taken especially when surrounded. Shooting the tires, boxing them in, or any other action that police officers take in similar situations. To come to the conclusion that firing into the vehicle is the only resolve to the problem just isn't reasonable to me. I don't claim to have all the answers nor am i saying that the driver was innocent by any means. What i am saying is that excessive force has been a problem with police officers throughout the country and many different scenarios. The question of excessive force has arose in small cases, as well as, critical. From police strong handling a 13 year old 60 pound little girl for not putting her hands behind her back to the horrible case of Rodney king. There need to be more incite taken into account. The face must remain that police are to take every other precaution before using excessive force. That includes calling back up.
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Ex-Black Panthers leader Marshall 'Eddie' Conway freed after killing Baltimore police officer

Ex-Black Panthers leader Marshall 'Eddie' Conway freed after killing Baltimore police officer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A former leader of the Black Panthers has been released from prison more than four decades after being convicted of killing a Baltimore police officer.
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$10M Gold Coin Hoard Found in Yard May Have Been Stolen From Mint

$10M Gold Coin Hoard Found in Yard May Have Been Stolen From Mint | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
California Couple May Have to Give Up Gold Stash
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Jonathan Reed's comment, March 6, 4:07 AM
You know it's funny when i read stuff like this. 10 million dollars worth of coins, group is accidentally give bag of money, man finds suitcase of money and all return it. I'm drawn back. Is this real? I think it takes a lot to be a honest person in a world were few opportunities are given and very little care is considered. To be as genuine as to return money found, wrongfully given, or stolen is a great example of the good in humanity. Now i will say that i wouldn't hold them in a negative light had they not reported it. I can't discount any person who see's it as an opportunity for financial gain. It's not like they went out there way to take advantage of anyone or committed a crime to do so. When things like this happen its good to hear that people decided to law abiding citizens. I do wonder if this couple were a low class struggling family in debt and behind on bills would there ever been a report? Then again would they have ever found it.
Sarita Spindler's comment, March 6, 5:33 PM
I really enjoyed reading this article. Not only did this couple report their find, but they are also planning on donating the money they are planning on making from the coins to overlooked causes and helping the homeless. I agree with Jonathan's comment though, if the couple WAS a family that was struggling, would they have reported it?
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Sex Trafficking is Happening in Your Backyard - Let's END IT!

Sex Trafficking is Happening in Your Backyard - Let's END IT! | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It’s true – women (and men) are being sold for sex, against their will, in your backyard. Did you see people running around with red “X” marks on their hands on Thursday? This represents the “End it Movement,” a conversation started at the 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, about the estimated 27 million slaves... Read more »
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Alaska Fights Human Trafficking |

Alaska Fights Human Trafficking | | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Sarita Spindler's comment, March 6, 5:11 PM
I like this article for the fact that they go into detail about how human trafficking is affecting Alaska, and who is most at risk (Alaska Natives making the transition from the village to the city). I think drawing more attention to this issue will not only help slow down the human trafficking that happens in Alaska, but also educate and warn Alaskans who might not even be aware that there IS human trafficking going on in this state.
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Meetup.com offline as it refuses to pay $300 ransom to hackers

Meetup.com offline as it refuses to pay $300 ransom to hackers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
TORONTO (Reuters) - Social networking website Meetup.com is fighting a sustained battle against cyber attackers who are demanding only $300 to call off a campaign that has kept the site offline for much of the past four days.
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Poachers targeting California's redwoods to feed drug habits

Poachers targeting California's redwoods to feed drug habits | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
California's majestic redwood trees are in danger as poachers enter the sunshine state's national parks to steal its wood to sell for furniture.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, March 9, 7:59 PM
The destruction of national treasures, such as California's redwoods, is a travesty. Drug addicts are to blame for this poaching of the redwoods in this case. Drug addiction is a horrible disease which lead many to do extremes things in order to feed their habit. Our current system of justice does not full rehabilitate individuals, such as drug addicts, into becoming productive citizens once again. These individuals go to jail for a certain amount of time before they are released and recommit similar crimes in order to feed their drug habit. A new system need to be in placed to order to more effectively rehabilitate individuals who are addicted to drugs or other illegal substances.
Ashley Brevak's comment, March 10, 1:28 PM
Honestly, I find this shocking almost to the point of disbelief. How could you do something like this? I mean, why on Earth would anyone ever cut the redwood trees to sell for furniture? This is ridiculous. I’m glad they are placing more patrol on the forest but it’s sad. It should never have come to this and they may die. Either way, if they die or not, they were damaged and you shouldn't damage something so priceless. It’s disgusting.
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Couple Who Found $10 Million in Gold Coins Will Likely Keep The Loot | TIME

Couple Who Found $10 Million in Gold Coins Will Likely Keep The Loot | TIME | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A heist from 1901, from which coins were never recovered, appears unrelated
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Ashley Brevak's comment, March 10, 1:05 PM
What a lucky couple! If those coins are in fact the ones that were stolen from the bank all those years ago, then I could see the bank or the government taking possession of it. If you can’t prove it then the founders should keep it, which sounds like that’s what’s going to happen. Of course people are going to say that some of those coins belonged to family because people are greedy. If they can’t prove it then they receive nothing. All I can say is I would LOVE to be them right now.
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For married couple suspected in Aspen death, "Things were going south"

For married couple suspected in Aspen death, "Things were going south" | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The victim was the daughter of one of Aspen's founders, and her alleged killers are a once-high-rolling Denver-area physician and his wife, a world expert on giant waterlilies. Aspen's first murder in more than a decade is anything but usual.
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Senate Blocks Bill to Remove Sex Prosecutions from Chain of Command - NBC News

Senate Blocks Bill to Remove Sex Prosecutions from Chain of Command - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Senate Thursday blocked a bill to stop sexual assault in the military by taking prosecuting authority away from commanders and giving it to independent m...
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Pope backs Brazilian bishops' Lenten drive against human trafficking : News Headlines

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Delisa Chapman's comment, March 6, 5:32 AM
I think that there is a need to take action against human trafficking. This is a rising problem. I think this will raise awareness and educate people. It will also help to spread their catholic culture. It says they are taking a stank against human trafficking.
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Jesse James? Black Bart? California gold discovery spurs rush of theories

Jesse James? Black Bart? California gold discovery spurs rush of theories | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.
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This is nostalgic for me because Black Bart completed the last successful stage coach robbery in Sutter Creek where I was Chief of Police.

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Bitcoin exchange CEO arrested « Bankrate, Inc.

Charlie Shrem, CEO of Bitcoin exchange BitInstant, was arrested and charged with money laundering after authorities say he sold Bitcoins to be used to buy drugs.
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Nebraska family in fear after teen beauty queen disappears

Nebraska family in fear after teen beauty queen disappears | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities are searching for a teenage beauty queen who vanished Sunday without a trace after she took out the trash at her eastern Nebraska home.
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Delisa Chapman's comment, March 6, 5:44 AM
This is a really sad situation and a really scary thing to think about. All she did was take out the trash and she disappeared. That is crazy. I really hope she is found safe and brought back to her family and friends.
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Feds Searching for Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect

Feds Searching for Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
U.S. counter-terrorism officials are attempting to track down a female friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber after she traveled to Chechnya last year and is believed to have since posted "alarming" jihadi imagery online, officials told ABC News.
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Drug rap Love/Hate actor ordered to carry out restorative justice work

Drug rap Love/Hate actor ordered to carry out restorative justice work | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An actor, who featured in the cat-killing scene in the hit crime series Love/Hate, has been given a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and a possible sentence for dealing cannabis.
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Shelly DeWilde's comment, March 6, 9:40 AM
Leroy Harris was born in a good home, has no past juvenile behavior and has a bright future ahead of him so why would he deal drugs on the side? It did not look like he needed the money. Perhaps this could be explained by genetic reasons, maybe there was a thrill involved in the criminal act. A lack of intelligence does not explain it however he may have antisocial tendencies so getting involved with drugs may have been an opportunity for a larger social group. I can't possibly say why he did it however I can say with hope that with the golden chance to avoid conviction through restorative justice this can be a positive turning point in his life. I am just experiencing some doubt however because he seems to have many good things in life but chose to deal drugs. He is still young.
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News Reports Continue to Incorrectly Link Increased Sex Trafficking to Large New Orleans Events

News Reports Continue to Incorrectly Link Increased Sex Trafficking to Large New Orleans Events | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Students seek backing for human-trafficking film

Students seek backing for human-trafficking film | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
STUDENT film-makers are appealing for a final push to help them make a short film about the trauma of human trafficking. Unseen, written and directed by Gabby Hawes, right, and produced by Alex Pugh...
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Sarita Spindler's comment, March 6, 4:51 PM
I found this article very interesting. Human Trafficking is not a topic that is widely known, and it should receive more exposure than it has gotten. The story concept of the proposed film I think has the potential to be a very informative and interesting movie, as well as draw the attention of the public to a subject that many people avoid talking about.
Rob Duke's comment, March 6, 4:57 PM
It's getting better, but it's still very much under the radar....