To make the most of your crime scene kit, you need to plan ahead. In organizing your kit, take into account your own level of expertise — the best crime scene kit in the world is useless, if you don’t know how to use the items inside.
The do-it-yourself home rental site Airbnb just pulled the plug on a controversial ad campaign in San Francisco that bragged about the amount of taxes the $1.5 billion company paid to the city.
Rob Duke's insight:
Here's a great example of "convergence" and "co-generation" of value. The City of San Francisco, like many cities hasn't found ways of including the companies it taxes in the decisions about why the tax is needed (bringing temporary residents to the City creates demand for services, which the visitor should pay for) and what the funds should be used for (probably not libraries since visitors aren't known for running off to the library). In one City I managed, we created a committee that directed the funds. While we kept some for public safety and public works, we also gave a large portion (15-20%) back to promote our community to tourists. We made the pie bigger, so to speak, which made most of our innkeepers more accepting of the need for the tax. Did we please everyone? No. But, we increased the size of the network, which set a better agenda.
The idea is to understand and treat the underlying issues that often lead to crime. For instance, one of the group's goals is to increase alternatives to arrest, like mental health care and drug treatment.
A quarter-century ago, while casting about for a dissertation topic, I decided I wanted to write about alcohol prohibition. In a nation of so many drinkers, banning booze was obviously futile. So why did we try so hard to do it?
Rob Duke's insight:
Circumlocution is pretty common in public policy debate. We use a popular issue to influence an obscure or unpopular issue in a round-about way....
When you're in high school and college, selling weed seems like a dream job on par with race car driver or pirate. The access to drugs ups your social cache, you make your own hours, and you can get high whenever you want. I assume that pretty much everyone between the ages of 15 and 25 has dealt drugs, or seriously considered it, or at least fantasized about the ways they would avoid the cops while raking in that sweet, sweet drug cash. I would sell only to trusted classmates and refuse to talk business over phone or computer except by way of an elaborate code that might fool cops and parents. All in all, a perfect plan.
So why doesn't everyone cash in? Well, to begin with, even though the people I bought weed from as a teenager were far from cool or tough in the traditional sense, they clearly had some kind of savviness or street wisdom that I lacked. I have no idea where they were getting their drugs from, but I assume at some point dealers have to handle interactions with sketchy people who are either their suppliers or their suppliers' suppliers. Every dorky kid slinging dime bags at the Jewish Community Center is only a few degrees of separation from a dude with a gun.
Footwear and tire track evidence can be essential to your case, but it’s often overlooked. In some cases, officers identify the evidence but figure they can’t do anything with it. This is especially true when you have extreme weather or difficult surfaces. Those situations present more of a challenge, but you can still get the job done.
A good crime scene investigator collects evidence with the goal of solving the crime, and holding the person who committed the crime accountable. It doesn’t matter how great a fingerprint or shoe print is if it never gets admitted in court. Lt. Owen McDonnell of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Dick Warrington discuss admissibility of impression evidence and best practices to make sure crime-scene evidence makes it to the courtroom.
Oswald is standing in an American backyard, with stark shadows thrown in the black-and-white background. The rifle is the same model that would shortly be used to kill the President of the United States of America.
Victor Green, a U.S. Postal Service worker, started publishing the books from his New York City Apartment after his wife decided they should scout all the black-friendly businesses on the way to visit her family in Virginia.
“The idea crystallized when, not only himself but several friends and acquaintances complained of the difficulties encountered; oftentimes painful embarrassments suffered which ruined a vacation or business trip,” wrote Novera C. Dashiell in the spring 1956 edition.
On Wednesday, Mexico’s Supreme Court will debate whether the prohibition of the consumption and cultivation of marijuana for personal use is unconstitutional. The Court will determine whether the prohibition of the consumption of marijuana – and its cultivation for non-commercial ends – violates the human right to the free development of one’s personality. This landmark case could lead to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes if followed up with legislation.
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