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Cops: 4 Terror Suspects Nabbed in London

British police shot out the tires of a car carrying two suspected supporters of terrorism in London late Sunday as part of a "pre-planned intelligence operation" that ended in four arrests.
Ricky Osborne's comment, October 17, 2013 12:23 AM
This goes to show you that the U.S. is not the only country affected by terrorism. A top notch anti-terrorism unit and surveillance are key to preventing terroristic acts as shown in the article above. Deviant behavior such as that present in this article can be caused by various factors including ones environment, income, and religion. By combining such factors criminal behavior can also vary in severity.
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Is the word Allah for Muslims only?

Is the word Allah for Muslims only? | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A Malaysian court has ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to God, even in their own faiths, overturning a 2009 ruling by a lower court.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:40 PM
This just seems silly. Granted it would be weird if someone started using the name "Jesus" to refer to their god, but is it really worth a trial? In Arabic the word for god IS allah. In order to communicate with Arabic speakers about ones faith one MUST use the word allah. How can someone just claim a word? How is this going to be enforced?
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Mom Who Killed Kids Wants a Cut of Their Estate « Faces of Lawsuit Abuse

Mom Who Killed Kids Wants a Cut of Their Estate « Faces of Lawsuit Abuse | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Angie Crow's comment, October 12, 2013 1:47 PM
I don't think that this woman should get any of her children's estates. I understand that she was not convicted for the murders due to mental illness, however she did take three innocent lives. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they are even considering giving her the money. I truly believe that they are not going to rule in her favor for this because most probably see it the same way and feel like it is not right that she gets rewarded for killing her three children!
Kelly Logue's comment, October 13, 2013 4:52 PM
I am honestly bewildered at the fact that she would even think she could try to obtain anything from the children that she murdered. She must be even more mentally unstable than she was when they found her not guilty for pleading insanity. First of all, I think that pleading insanity for the most part is a cop out, and it's a way for people to throw all of their problems away and onto someone else because it wasn't "their" fault, they are just unstable. This makes me think about the Social Process Theory and how each social control, social learning, and social reaction could have all had an influence in why she did and is doing the things that she is. Makes you wonder which one...
Lacy Church's comment, October 16, 2013 2:17 PM
I don't think that getting the kids estate is a smart move on the part of justice system. I could see maybe where using her input to place the money in influential places might be helpful for herself as well as the kids. For example placing the money towards certain children's charities and or maybe a Postpartum or other mental health charity. It's already been established that she is not mentally stable to handle her children and so she should not be able to handle any money coming from their death that she caused. She should be punished to the full extent of her mental break but she also deserves treatment and a possible step could be her being able to help others from becoming child victims or mental health victims.
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Jury convicts inmate of killing Oklahoma couple

Jury convicts inmate of killing Oklahoma couple | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Albuquerque, N.M. • The leader of a self-styled Bonnie and Clyde couple who staged a brazen prison escape and a three-week crime spree was convicted Monday of murder in the killings of a retired Oklahoma couple who crossed their path on an eastern...
Brix Hahn's comment, October 9, 2013 3:37 AM
I don’t think I’m necessary surprised by this article, as much as I am saddened. It’s a love story gone rogue (in terms of the old couple being murdered). Also, on the other hand, I find it so exciting and novel when a prisoner escapes custody. It’s really is very Bonnie and Clyde.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 9, 2013 4:06 PM
Fiance/cousin...that is already a bad beginning for a relationship. I wonder if someone studying these cousins could argue for a "criminal gene" or perhaps criminal upbringing that lead them to this series of events.
It seems a shame to kill the elderly couple just for their vehicle. The police already knew he'd escaped, it's not like killing the couple really did much for hiding his identity. Granted he was the one who pulled the trigger, but I hope his lover gets a stiff sentence too. They both have metaphorical blood on their hands.
Rashaad's comment, October 11, 2013 6:13 PM
I think that this is an example when the death penalty should be applied... I am not a big fan of the death penalty, but in cases like this, I do not believe that there is any hope for neither of them to "become a better citizen"... If there is a hope, I think that there should be a second chance offered, but in cases like this, I do not believe there is any hope... On the other hand, where is the line between the "hope" and "no hope", and isn't it in the end all just subjective?
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America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy

America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Open Society Foundations (OSF) released a report this summer, Coffee Shops and Compromise, analyzing the history and effect of the Netherlands' drug evolution starting with a revision to the Opium
BridgetM's comment, October 12, 2013 7:30 PM
I have long believed this to be true, and I am glad studies are focusing on this issue. Our country is so consumed by right and wrong, that we are constantly trying to control and criminalize things that may not be morally favorable to some (mostly smaller) populations. Things like abortions, gay marriage and less-harmful drug use are illegal in most states, where most kids have access to any number of pills in their parents medicine cabinet. It's a double standard that is hard to correct, but I think this country is slowly moving in the right direction. I think this process will take time, and it will also take politicians listening to studies and research, rather than uninformed Americans. I know people who use drugs for recreation and I would consider alcohol a much worse "drug" than marijuana. For a newer "progressive" country we are really behind the times on this.
Rashaad's comment, October 12, 2013 10:18 PM
This is a very interesting article. I was surprised by the fact that decriminalization of drugs actually decrease the consumption and misuse by under-aged population. The reason might be that since it is not illegal anymore, it loses its beauty, so teenagers actually stay away more... This might be interesting to present to the local government in connection to alcohol consumption laws, since the same effect might be discovered also in the alcohol use and would actually make the situation better in the USA. The reduction of the drug-related harm is also interesting and in the case of alcohol might actually help to decrease the terrifying statistics of DUY's and dead drunk drivers.
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Report: U.S. soldier killed in possible hate crime

Report: U.S. soldier killed in possible hate crime | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Tevin Geike, 20, was fatally stabbed in Lakewood, Wash. Saturday after allegedly being taunted for his race
Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 16, 2013 8:54 PM
I think that this article shows that hate crimes don’t always have to be on the minority of people. It can happen to anyone. Geike being a Caucasian male, he was a target, if the people that committed heard that they were ex-military would have maybe restrained from any conflict. It’s a sad story but things like this happen constantly. The fact that he is ex-military it’s even more of an unfortunate event because he just got out of a dangerous and a high respectable job.
John Philip Tilden's comment, October 17, 2013 10:19 PM
This is awful. This man fought for his country, and what does he get upon his return? Getting stabbed to death on the street. Unbelievable that someone would do this.
Michael McColley's comment, October 18, 2013 10:20 AM
I think this is just sad, and the thing is that this case now you don't really hear about it on the news anymore, but the one that happened in Florida they made it a huge deal so I just hope justice is done with this and the men that committed this crime are brought to justice.
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Gun battle at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 12

Gun battle at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 12 | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A "running gun battle" at a Central California motorcycle club's annual dance that left one man dead, a dozen others wounded, hundreds of partygoers scrambling for cover, and now investigators...
Ricky Osborne's comment, October 17, 2013 12:28 AM
Its a miracle that there were not more casualties. At first glance this incident seems to be gang related just by reading the title of the article due to the word “biker” being present. I may be wrong but I'm sure more people will agree with me than not. Such public incidents seem to be more prevalent within gang activity. They seem to be able to commit such crimes with others joining them than they would if they were alone.
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United States v. McLaurin

United States v. McLaurin | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Justia Free Databases of US Court of Appeals Cases United States of America v. McLaurin
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Can courts require a sex offender to submit to measurements of penile erection while viewing certain kinds of pornography as a suppression of crime that hasn't yet occured?

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California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude |

California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude | | Criminology and Economic Theory |
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Is this California trend another one that's spreading everywhere?

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Woman who controlled crack trade in NY neighborhood, employed own kids faces sentencing

BUFFALO, New York - For a dozen years, Theresa Anderson was the queen of Deshler Street.
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And she's not the only one who is drawn to the underground economy.  We don't provide economic development and then we cut services because "there's no tax revenue".  Is it any wonder that an underground economy rises up?  This underground economy needs government services like police and dispute resolution, which we don't provide (see the "no revenue" excuse above), thus Anderson type operations fill the void by providing an economic option and the quasi-governmental functions and services.

Brix Hahn's comment, October 9, 2013 3:42 AM
Holy crap, what sort of person allows his or her own children to be their drug mules? This is absolutely ridiculous. If you need money, there are other ways. They may not seem as easy or as convenient, but there are ways. And no, I’m not talking prostitution or porn, but there are ways to make money that still provide you with a sense of accomplishment, a steady cash flow, and that “rush” you might be looking for.
BridgetM's comment, October 12, 2013 8:05 PM
A master's student wrote about this type of phenomenon in the book "Gang leader for a day." People living in low income areas often ban together and are responsible for not only the availability of drugs in the neighborhood, but also security and community service as well. People who live in poverty conditions will fend for themselves as they do not have police and politicians helping them or fighting for their rights. I agree that it is irresponsible to put your own children at risk for your illegal behavior, but I think that many people are forced into crime to try and survive on the streets. At 12 years in the business she sounds like a pretty savvy business woman, so just because she focused it in a morally unacceptable way does not mean she doesn't deserve some respect, and that's what her community gave her.
Rashaad's comment, October 12, 2013 11:10 PM
this is a very interesting example of a "family business". As Bridget mentioned, people very often watch out for each other, and arresting her might not be the best thing for community, since there will be someone new, and maybe worse, who will start selling drugs in the area, so the question is if controlling this wouldn't be a solution. I always recall in such cases the show The Wire, when they actually in one of the seasons created "drug-allowed" zone and it had a very positive influence on the city, because the drug market was limited and under control. I am not saying that this type of "family business" is right, but there are always "two sides of every coin" as my grandma would say...
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'Project Runway' model Morgan Quinn arrested for lying about getting robbed

'Project Runway' model Morgan Quinn arrested for lying about getting robbed | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The magazine cover girl allegedly lied to cops when she said a homeless man with a sharp object forced her into a building and took her purse, which contained $300 and a $2,000 ring. Video surveillance showed that there was no robbery.
Kelsey Scott's comment, October 7, 2013 10:11 PM
It amazes me that people who are so used to attention go to lengths like this to ensure it stays on them. Why waste everyone's time and resources to make yourself feel important? Tone down the ego, honey, no one cares.
Angie Crow's comment, October 12, 2013 2:10 PM
I definitely think that this was an attention seeking scheme. I think this model faked someone burglarizing her because she wanted to stay in the media. Although it is negative attention, it is still attention. It is crazy to think that someone would do this just to get noticed. She obviously had a lot going for her with being on Project Runway but now is facing chargers for filing a false report. It is extremely sad to see this happen but she definitely deserves whatever punishment she gets/wants.
Mary Grubbs's comment, October 16, 2013 1:47 AM
Was this a publicity stunt? A cry for attention? Or someone who needs serious help? I do not know, but it is pretty pathetic that someone would do this? I wonder if her career needed a boost and needed to get her name out there again? Of course blaming a homeless man is pretty easy since it may be impossible to identify him and so it makes for an easy lie.
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Divers in Lampedusa discover dozens of dead refugees trapped inside sunken boat - Telegraph

Divers in Lampedusa discover dozens of dead refugees trapped inside sunken boat - Telegraph | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Italian divers have described the horror of seeing dozens of dead refugees trapped inside the hull of a fishing boat that sank off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, as the authorities said they planned to raise the wreck.
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Another side of human trafficking...

Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:52 PM
Wow. This is a horrifying and powerful look at the lengths and dangers some are willing to undertake in an effort to live in a better place. The amount of money that the refugees needed to leave shocked me. I had know idea of the financial cost. Diving is an amazing experience, but its hard to imagine what it would take to get back in the water after witnessing what those divers saw. As far as revising the necessity for refugees to stay in the first country of arrival, it seems like a reasonable inquiry, however, many times foreigners are often considered 'undesirable others' and so I can see how other countries would be reluctant to opening their borders. The question becomes, how to better care for those who find themselves in over crowded refugee camps in over taxed countries.
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Oregon Trooper Ambushed on Traffic Stop - Dash Cam

OSP dash cam captures shooting near Biggs Junction. Oregon State Police Trooper Matt Zistel stopped John Van Allen who was driving with his three children in...
Robert Tanner's comment, October 7, 2013 4:48 PM
This just shows how difficult and dangerous the job is. If the cop had pulled his sidearm sooner and shot the man first, would it have been justified or would it be considered excessive use of force? Profiling? Does it take an officer getting shot to justify defending himself? I was one told that an officer may have a split second to decide what to do or what is right and wrong. A jury has all the time it needs. I assume the officer is ok. Thank goodness.
Mary Grubbs's comment, October 9, 2013 9:27 PM
I wish it had gone into more detail as to why he even behaved in this manner. He was on his way with his children to a family outing. Why would he even do this in front of his children and not to mention he died right in front of them. Police officers have the reality of every stop could potentially be someone who is wanted or not wanting to be caught doing something illegal. It can be a scary job with the possibility of their lives in danger. The entire thing seems tragic and unnecessary.
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Robert Luch: 60 years for killing his wife in West Anchorage

Robert Luch: 60 years for killing his wife in West Anchorage | Criminology and Economic Theory |
State prosecutors wanted a harsher sentence for the one-time patriarch for a group of Anchorage running prodigies who was earlier this year convicted of killing his wife at their Turnagain home back in 2010.
Mary Grubbs's comment, October 16, 2013 1:34 AM
What a sad story this was. The father, who I believe is morally deficient, has clearly manipulated these children. They appear that they have lost the ability to think for themselves or show emotion. It is like they are possessed by one mind, their fathers. Often people who have such morals do not even realize what they do or have done is morally wrong. They justify these things in their minds in order to act on them. He has a major control issue and probably is somewhat of a psychopath.
Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 16, 2013 9:05 PM
My question is why would the children defend their father in this situation? There were probably some things that he was going through psychologically. Though he claims he didn’t mean to kill her, he did. He had a gun loaded and ready to shoot. There are no other thoughts or actions that explains his behavior.
Zach White's comment, October 17, 2013 9:30 PM
I remember reading the initial article in the news minor about the shooting, and one later when it went to trial. I definitely think he's a scary man who manipulated his kids, I also think his wife shouldn't have cheated. They both had that coming. Cheat>risk getting shot. Shoot somebody>risk going to prison. The only people here who deserve our sympathies are the children. Their scumbag dad and his choices have irrevocably changed their lives.
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Nigerian highwaymen

Nigerian highwaymen | Criminology and Economic Theory |
THE number 419 (“four-one-nine”) is a verb, a noun, a way of life, a cliché and a curse in Nigeria. It refers to a section of the criminal code that...
Cindy Slats's comment, October 14, 2013 9:51 AM
It seems to me that our vulnerability is wanting something for nothing, to get rich quick. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." That does not excuse the behavior of these bandits, but it is our own desires that make us vulnerable.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:52 PM
Imagine what these 419s could accomplish in the sales industries. They are selling something that doesn't exist with beautiful lies....basically something they could do in an electronic shop too. I am not sure if you can blame this social phenomena on lower class opportunities and social stratification. It seems like it may have started that way, but evolved into something else entirely. In an anthropology class we read read a few studies, and watched a documentary on this matter and a way of life, media, and even religion has sprung up around this phenomena. It seems to have actually seeped deep into the culture of the area.
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's comment, October 19, 2013 9:53 PM
This is insane to me. How can this people get away with doing this? Is it because they're ghosts out in cyber space? I'm not really sophisticated with computers and the internet. I type my work on word, do my financials on excel and my presentations on powerpoint. I check my emails to keep up with class and with friends in family in mexico and in the lower 48, but I never ever open emails from strangers. I was once a victim of ID theft but only because I left someone who I thought was my "friend" in my house with all my documents while I went away for 6 months to complete basic training. She opened accounts under my name from utilities, to credit cards, to new lease on an apt. I hope I never become to involved in the media (i do have facebook) as to become a victim of 419 scammers.
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Crime on the rise in Town Square Park

Crime on the rise in Town Square Park | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Businesses, police concerned by persistent problem
Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:28 PM
I feel for the owners who's businesses have suffered due to the illegal activities that are going on near by. It must be very frustrating. One commenter on the article stated that a possible solution, if there were adequate resources, would be to have an officer stationed in the park. However, it appears that these resources are not forth coming. I have to wonder if the recent increases in illegal activity are a result of larger problems that cannot be addressed by the police. Could the increase be linked to economic factors, changes in housing availability, or reduction in mental health care? All questions that I do not know the answer to, but I think could be very interesting.
Robert Tanner's comment, October 14, 2013 2:10 AM
Even if they had more police to patrol that area, what can they do? They stated it is the same group of people, so they must not be afraid of any repercussions. This is a break down in the system. The people know the police really can’t do anything about it. The owners could hire private security, but there is still no fear of retribution. The law protects them, while indirectly punishing the local businesses.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:59 PM
I understand what they mean about shady parks. We have some really beautiful riverside parks and bike paths in Fairbanks but locals know to stay away from them because they are right next to down town. People get drunk and do drugs in those parks. Unless you are looking to get harassed, stumble upon alcohol bottles and needles, or worse, you don't go there. Especially at night.
These may seem like minor problems, but they become bigger. They effect businesses, for us it threatens tourism to certain areas. It could also pose a threat to public health with dirty needles, broken bottles, and people passing out in parks at 40 below only to die of exposure.
These issues DO need to be addressed, but the question is how.
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Dan Walters: New California immigration laws could increase chaos | State News |

Dan Walters: New California immigration laws could increase chaos | State News | | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Dan Walters: California sows confusion in effort to semi-legalize its illegal immigrants
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:55 PM

True! CA is creating a very conflicting issue for employers by punishing them using state laws for discriminating against immigrants and then the federal government can also turn around and sanction the employer as well, possibly costing him/her their way of earning a living.  Both Arizona and California should wait and let the federal government deal with immigration.



Rashaad's comment, October 11, 2013 6:00 PM
This article fascinates me from several reasons... the first reason is: how an illegal immigrant can get a driver's license? If he comes to the local DMV and they are aware that he/she is illegal, how come they don't report it and even issue the license? Also, the reasoning is that they need to drive to work - as mentioned in the article - it is a federal crime to employ an illegal immigrant - why would you give them a license to drive somewhere to break the federal law? I do not doubt the point that they are a necessity for the economy, since they supply a cheap labor force. On the other hand, I do not feel that it is good that the government "closes its eyes" and acting like it is alright, There must be rules to be followed, the only question is the amount of restrictions and what to do with the illegals already living in the US... The advantage for economy is good in sense of cheap labor, but if they all become legal residents - with Obamacare, unemployment and social security support - the costs might be even bigger than the benefits...
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Biker: 'My Intention Was Never to Make Him Stop'

Biker: 'My Intention Was Never to Make Him Stop' | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Christopher Cruz, the 28-year-old biker accused of starting a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and an SUV driver on a New York highway, says he does not feel responsible for the attack.
Rashaad's comment, October 12, 2013 10:27 PM
As some of the other members of this discussion mentioned, I do not know either what to think of this case. It sounds like both sides of the story are having a different version and point of view on the case, and I guess the best way how to resolve this would ask the under-covered policemen what really happened over there. One interesting point is that the undercovered cops didn't do anything. On the other hand, if they did, the problem is that they would probably disclose their real identity...
Kelly Logue's comment, October 13, 2013 6:01 PM
This definitely shows how forceful a big group can be and how things can get out of hand fast. This reminds me of the bellingham riot that happened just last night where a huge party was happening but then SWAT was called in because people were tearing down street signs and throwing things at cops. Im sure some of the people that were there don't feel as if any of it was their fault, but they were still there witnessing what was going on and not doing anything to help prevent it.
Joshua Matheny's comment, October 18, 2013 8:50 PM
I completely take the SUV driver's side in this case. The bike gang and the mentality that went with it was violent and disruptive, the SUV driver simply had a hard time driving near all of those bikers who were obviously being dangerous in the road as the vehicle hit one of them moving in front of him.
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Dating Website Evidence Debated in Holmes Case

Dating Website Evidence Debated in Holmes Case | Criminology and Economic Theory |
James Holmes is returning to court Monday for two weeks of hearings focusing on what evidence prosecutors can use against him in the Colorado theater shooting case. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in 2012.
Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:33 PM
This is very intersting. The article states that he underwent a 'sanity evaluation' at a state hosptial.
Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
'Sanity' and 'insanity' are not psychological terms they are legal terms. I am wondering if the article has its jargon confused and they simply meant a psychological evaluation or if this 'sanity evaluation' is part of the legal process?
Kelsey Scott's comment, October 11, 2013 3:04 PM
It bothers me that they are being so damn sensitive to this guy. He killed people, he doesn't deserve sensitivity. I think all this stuff needs to be out on the table so he can take the consequences upon himself, regardless of his standing on sanity.
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Elizabeth Loftus: The fiction of memory | Video on

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didn't happen or remember them differently from the way they really were.
Joshua Livingston's comment, October 7, 2013 11:00 PM
I thought this was really interesting, but at the same time it sounds like something that’s going to become problematic later down the line for members of the justice field, because it sounds like a psychiatrist is going to be needed during an interrogation.
BridgetM's comment, October 12, 2013 7:56 PM
This is a very tragic story about a person wrongly accused, and unfortunately it is something that still occurs today. With the technologies we have available to use, it is a shame so many people are put behind bars, only to be exonerated 10-30 years later after further DNA testing. We saw this happen just this month with the John Hartman case, and in that situation it was a false memory that was a large part of the evidence against the accused. I went to school with John and am friends with the family of one of the guys in jail for this crime, and I have never believed those 4 boys committed that crime. I read all of the interrogations and interviews and the evidence is so lacking, it is amazing that the case went as far as it did. I think people, especially jurors are willing to believe things presented to them because they want someone to be punished for a crime, especially a violent crime. People trust their memories too much, and this presentation shows us that these studies have given the same conclusions since the 1970's so why are we still so reliant on eye witness testimony?
Lacy Church's comment, October 16, 2013 1:53 PM
I can't tell you how many of Loftus' studies I have read as well as those replicating many details of her studies. There is so much research showing how unreliable our memories can be that is really surprising that the justice system hasn't quite caught up. It goes to show how slow change in justice takes as well how stubborn police and prosecution can be. For example when the little girl was off of hit by a car off of Lathrop street last month and so many of the witnesses had different discriptions of the car. The general public was so confused as to why there were so many different color options. Well witnesses to an awful crime want to "help" and create that story so strongly that they may not get it right. I am thankful to the other methods of science to find a criminal cause our memory just isn't confident enough. I'd surely being pulling Loftus and others research into a defense if it were based off memory. You could probably plant memory into the jury right then and there. Dr. Billings at UAF could tell you all about it, he's published along side Hyman, for doing a false memory creation study.
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Dogs Are People, Too

Dogs Are People, Too | Criminology and Economic Theory |
By looking directly at their brains and bypassing the constraints of behaviorism, M.R.I.’s can tell us about dogs’ internal states.
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I spent nearly 24 hours a day for five years with a canine partner and this doesn't really surprise me.  "Ronny" was like a very rambunctious, hungry, etc. 10 year old.  He had a large vocabulary and I'd be very surprised if he didn't share many emotions with me.  He loved the family and he hated the neighbor's cat, though that may not be enought to prove sentience, he was pretty special.  When he passed at 17, I wrapped him in my dress blues and buried him beneath the big oak tree in our yard in Sutter Creek.

Joshua Livingston's comment, October 7, 2013 10:46 PM
For me plain and simple, I love dogs and I don’t doubt that animals have the most basic of emotions. I can’t say that they have as complex emotions as us people, but anyone who’s ever owned an animal can see that they show feelings. When you play with them they get happy and energetic, when you correct them they get scared and when you feel threatened they will protect.
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:29 AM

I've never been a dog person! I love cats and I have 3 of them right now.  When my husband died he left a dog, Shadow which he loved dearly.  That dog waited and waited for him by the door for what seemed like forever.  He jumped everytime the front door was opened and you could almost sense his disappointment when he realized that it wasn't my husband coming home.  They know who their owner is and they know who treats them right and wrong.  Just like when you're a kid and you cringe away in fear so do dogs when and cats when you've been mean to them.  One of the cats I have is not really mine it belongs to my oldest son but he cant have him in his apartment.  This stupid cat is quiet as can be, but the minute the door opens I swear he smells Omar, my son coming in and he won't shut up until Omar goes into the cat's room and grabs him and pets him.  there's a little bit of human in them.

Mary Grubbs's comment, October 16, 2013 1:43 AM
I went to a friends house a few years back and I had not been to her house since she married. Her new husband already had a dog, but I had not met him. My dad had just died and I needed a friend and was really upset, crying, and their dog came right up to me and put his paw on my knee and I was like, WOW, I think he can feel my pain or at least sense that I was upset and in some way was trying to comfort me. Dogs can have a great sense of instinct.
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Why the NSA Hates Tor, the Network That Protects Internet Anonymity

Why the NSA Hates Tor, the Network That Protects Internet Anonymity | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The good news: Even the NSA can't quite break it. The bad news: It hasn't stopped trying.
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More on the underground economy.  In an increasingly digital age, libertarians and some folks with less-than-noble intentions are fed up with potential surveillance.  Freedom on the one side and vice (or worse) on the other....Yet, we worry about letting the big bad wolf set up camp in the woods behind our house, too--so which side is right: libertarians or the NSA?

Cindy Slats's comment, October 9, 2013 10:03 AM
I fear falling in the bathtub so I never take a shower. Living in fear means giving up freedom.
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Postpartum psychosis: Beyond depression, a rare disorder may be behind fatal DC chase

Postpartum psychosis: Beyond depression, a rare disorder may be behind fatal DC chase | Criminology and Economic Theory |
We have an exclusive interview with the psychiatrist who testified in the Andrea Yates trial, who says postpartum depression isn't to blame
Cindy Slats's comment, October 9, 2013 10:04 AM
What REALLY happened here?
Kelly Logue's comment, October 13, 2013 5:56 PM
Obviously because this woman was shot down, we will never really know why she did what she did, but this goes back to what I had said in my first blog where I feel like people use insanity as an excuse. I mean I guess to an extent they are insane to some point, but because I feel like I could never do something like that, I don't see how they could either. Which makes me naive to their problems.
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Motorcyclist charged with gang assault; Off-duty and undercover cops did nothing to stop biker beatdown of dad

Motorcyclist charged with gang assault; Off-duty and undercover cops did nothing to stop biker beatdown of dad | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Bikers Reggie Chance — who allegedly pulled Manhattan dad Alexian Lien from his SUV — and Robert Sims surrendered to authorities on Friday. Sims was charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, among other charges.
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Man seen on fire on National Mall dies from injuries

Man seen on fire on National Mall dies from injuries | Criminology and Economic Theory |
A man who set himself on fire at the National Mall has died from his injuries, police said Saturday.
Brittany Stahle's comment, October 8, 2013 7:22 PM
This is very odd to me. There are so many questions unanswered about why this man did what he did. Also with what the witness said about the man not even screaming when he was on fire, that he was just sitting there. There is just something very odd about this.