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Virginia woman mowed down husband, beat him as he tried to crawl away: cops 

Virginia woman mowed down husband, beat him as he tried to crawl away: cops  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A jilted Virginia woman was arrested after she drove the wrong way down a one-way street to cut down her husband and tried to kick him to death as he crawled away, police said.
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kak57's comment, April 17, 2014 1:58 AM
This woman, I think, was most definitely on something to do such an awful act to her husband and cause an outrage. The only other explanation could be is if she has a violent side to her. I'm just glad that she didn't end up hurting any other innocent people because she drove the wrong way down a one-way street.
Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 2014 6:11 PM
What a psycho! Glad her crazy ass is off the streets. I don't understand why women will let men get to them this bad. Kick his ass to the curb, DON'T try to run him over, and just move on with your life onto something better. Whatever he did to piss her off was not worth the charges she's facing now.
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Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference. Authorities at the news conference did not explain how Cano and Gordon allegedly managed to carry out the killings while under supervision, but Quezada said data from the GPS devices "was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together." If convicted, they could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty. Santa Ana police searched a canyon, examined the women's cellphone records, alerted hospitals, put the word out on social media and even checked motels they were known to frequent but without success in finding them. The men were arrested by federal agents on May 8, 2012, after a two-week stay at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada. [...] both men checked in earlier this month, Dunn said.
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E.oba's comment, April 24, 2014 2:27 AM
It’s hard to understand just what happened here. I can’t blame the probation officers, it seems like the two men were doing everything they were told to and were giving no cause to make officers concerned. As far as the policemen are concerned, catching any fugitive is a challenge, especially when they don’t realize they are searching for serial rapists. I think that ‘privacy’ for those on probation needs to be re-examined. Maybe they could start listening in on their phone calls and screening their emails? Not to give probation officers ANOTHER item on their plate but I think it could be a step in making sure these horrible tragedies don’t happen again.
Dana Hoffman's comment, April 24, 2014 11:54 AM
What I am not understanding is they had the GPS tracking devices on, why were they not caught prior to committing these crimes?
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Boston's Legacy: Can Crowdsourcing Really Fight Crime? - NBC News

Boston's Legacy: Can Crowdsourcing Really Fight Crime? - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For many, the first images of the Boston Marathon bombing -- a cloud of dark smoke rising up over Boylston Street -- came from Twitter or Instagram. The FBI ...
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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, April 13, 2014 3:02 PM
I agree with the FBI agent in this article that photos and video sent in from civilians gives an even better chance of apprehending the offender. With people being at the scene when it happens allows evidence to be caught while the crime is occurring; which for law enforcement is rarely obtained. Usually Law enforcement only after a crime as occurred, or stop it before it happens. But to have smart-technology devices being used by citizens to obtain evidence is a valuable resource.
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Jury gives stiletto killer life for brutal murder

Jury gives stiletto killer life for brutal murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Prosecutor John Jordan climbed atop a courtroom table in front of a dozen wide-eyed jurors, straddled a mannequin torso and pantomimed hitting the dummy in the face with a high-heel stiletto. On Friday, the two-week trial that captured the city's attention and made headlines across the country ended with Trujillo, 45, being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson, last year. Trujillo claimed throughout the trial that she was the victim in an abusive relationship and was defending herself from an attack with the only weapon she had: a cobalt blue platform pump with a 5-inch heel. [...] they saw a woman with a violent history, a woman who often talked in circles during her testimony and who could not explain how she feared for her life the night she stabbed her boyfriend 25 times in the face and head. Trujillo had faced a punishment ranging from five years to life. Because she got the maximum, she will be eligible for parole in 30 years. Jordan and prosecutor Sarah Mickelson called 20 witnesses during the trial's punishment phase to testify about Trujillo's behavior, including biting an ex-boyfriend, drunkenly attacking a security guard, and a bizarre incident in which her neighbors arrived home to find her using the bathroom in their apartment. The Houston police officer who was first to respond said he thought Andersson had been shot in the face.
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Willow Weir's comment, April 13, 2014 2:45 PM
This article certainly makes you question the sanity of the defendant. However with "Texas justice" it isn't surprising that this would be the outcome. It is a horrific story
Kelley Scott's comment, April 29, 2014 6:21 PM
She obviously has a history of violence with boyfriends and now her husband. She couldn't tell a straight story and just lay out the facts, which would lead me to believe she was lying. The extent of the injuries and such should show that she was probably out of control. She sounds crazy.
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Herbalife Tumbles as FBI Probe Comes to Light

Herbalife Tumbles as FBI Probe Comes to Light | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Herbalife tumbled 14% on Friday amid fresh worries the controversial nutrition company could be facing more scrutiny.
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Willow Weir's comment, April 13, 2014 2:47 PM
a multi level marketing scheme trying to swindle consumers? This isn't that shocking but just what seems like the course of business
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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, and pledged to impose sanctions on priests who harm children.
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Susanna's comment, April 20, 2014 3:23 PM
Sounds like the pope is trying to do good, but is it enough? Are these just words for the victims and will it end sexual abuse? Hopefully the sanctions will be harsh enough to end abuse.
Colby Wallace's comment, April 27, 2014 10:36 PM
The fact that he is asking for forgiveness is not right to me. I can see that he can apologize for the acts of his clergymen however I think that these acts can never be forgiving. I do not see how people can be used in their love of religion to forgive crime taken under the “cloth”.
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Colin Kaepernick under police investigation

Colin Kaepernick under police investigation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Colin Kaepernick , the young San Francisco 49ers quarterback who guided the team to the Super Bowl and a conference championship game during his first two seasons, is under investigation by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct last week at a hotel, the Miami Herald reported.
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L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake

L.A. County deputies fatally shoot man by mistake | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday.
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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, April 13, 2014 4:36 PM
This is a truly tragic accident. An incident like this, with everything happening in such a hectic manner at once, lead to a saddening end. The use of lethal force of officers is often questioned by others. Though what happened was tragic, it is hard not being an officer who was there what the scene had been like. The video news report said that not only did the individual John Winkler match the description given of the suspect but that he had also “run towards the cops”. With these two pieces combined it is very likely that the officers viewed him as the threat. I feel sad for the family, officers, friends, and all involved in this case as it is a truly tragic situation for all involved.
tasaha's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:34 PM

This is a rare, unfortunate incident. Surely there will be an investigation, but officers are only human…they reacted on instinct. They were wrong this time. Although at the cost of a life, these officers will have to live with this error for the rest of their lives. As a result of this incident and its coverage, perhaps training and procedures will be reevaluated and the public will realize they also have a duty to officers during incidents such as this.

Susanna's comment, April 20, 2014 3:42 PM
Sad situation for the police and the victims. If only they would have had solid information of the situation and the assailant and all the victims. I think the police were just doing their job and everything just happened too fast. correct information might have saved the situation.
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Defending restorative discipline —

Defending restorative discipline — | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
by Jeremy Simons

When I started working at Cole Middle School in inner city Denver in 2003, it was ranked dead last in the entire state of Colorado, with proficiency scores on standardized testing (CSAP) in the single digits. It would later be shut down by the state and turned into a charter school, which was also closed after 3 years, in a bizarre attempt at school “accountability.” Student misbehavior went hand in hand with the academic problems, with hundreds of students suspended every year and substitute teachers bullied out of the building by students. Local residents called the school a “gang factory.” Police cruisers were regularly parked outside with officers escorting students out between the elegant Doric columns supporting the main entrance, grand reminders of forgotten days when the school produced graduates rather than criminals. It was a sad example of what community activists and parents were just beginning to call the “school to prison pipeline”.
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Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate

Human trafficking bill gets nod in Arizona Senate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The bill toughens penalties for trafficking adults and targets businesses such as massage parlors and escort services that advertise online. Cindy McCain says the bill would put Arizona at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking by imposing harsh penalties for pimps.
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Pope Francis meets former sex slaves, denounces trafficking

Pope Francis meets former sex slaves, denounces trafficking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has met with four women who were forced into prostitution as he denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity.
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Susanna's comment, April 10, 2014 11:46 PM
I´m starting to like this Pope. Eventhough I don´t follow this too much but usually when he is in the news he is doing something new and good for someone in his position. Like here.
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Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare

Political Ties of Top Billers for Medicare | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes.
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Pennsylvania male cop posed as Amish woman in effort to catch pervert

Pennsylvania male cop posed as Amish woman in effort to catch pervert | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Pennsylvania cop posed as an Amish woman to lure a creep wanted for exposing himself to children walking home from school.
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kak57's comment, April 17, 2014 1:47 AM
When I first read the title I was like, "Isn't this a little offensive." But then as I read the article the Amish woman were happy to help him out. This police officer was very determined to catch a "creep". I think what he did is an example to all police officers; his willingness to sacrifice his dignity in the service of those children. It is also very nice to hear something positive about a police officer when sometimes it feels as though all we hear about is the bad things they've done.
E.oba's comment, April 24, 2014 2:30 AM
Sorry I’m still laughing. As funny and comedic as this is, I applaud this officer for being creative and trying new tactics to catch the perpetrator. I think that having unique and creative ideas like this are key to effective policing and solving crimes. I do wish he had caught the perp while in his costume - and somehow it was on camera. I would pay money to watch that!
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The Disappearing Public Outrage Over Political Corruption

The Disappearing Public Outrage Over Political Corruption | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
With the impending demise of The Colbert Report, we’re not just losing “Stephen Colbert” the character, but also, very likely, Stephen Colbert the political agitator and one of the heroes in the public discourse around campaign finance laws. His sustained, crazy, years-long assault on the Citizens United decision had no...
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Attempted murder charges against nine-month-old baby thrown out by Pakistan court

Attempted murder charges against nine-month-old baby thrown out by Pakistan court | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A judge in Pakistan has thrown out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby on Saturday, lawyers said, after the infant appeared in court for a second time.
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Willow Weir's comment, April 13, 2014 2:43 PM
Obviously the charge was ridiculous and hence the public outrage although the headlines made the charges very unclear. I would think a court system that charges a family like that would make the process inconsistent.
tasaha's curator insight, April 15, 2014 12:58 PM

I found this an interesting article, in large part because the complaint was for the whole family. This would include the child, at least until they were scrutinized (and embarrassed) for it. Imagine if the US were to penalize a whole family for the crimes of one or two family members. Puts things in perspective…

Susanna's comment, April 20, 2014 2:44 PM
Cultural differences are clear here. I don´t see anything like this happening in the US. It´s one thing to charge whole family but a baby? It´s a good thing that the judge threw the charges out. Don´t know how anyone could hold a baby responsible of these kinds of crimes.
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Link between Teen Binge Drinking and Precise Identification of Alcohol Brands in Pop Music | French Tribune

Link between Teen Binge Drinking and Precise Identification of Alcohol Brands in Pop Music | French Tribune | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Shasta Pomeroy's comment, April 13, 2014 3:16 PM
I think that have teens exposed to alcohol references through pop music can be a factor when looking at teen drinking rates, but not a definitive reason for it. Our culture for decades has had a culture placed around alcohol. Alcohol is promoted not only through music, but also television commercials and billboards. Alcohol has been portrayed through our country, among with others, to be a means to relax and celebrate. With the mass of social propaganda that is present in our culture it is hard to not observe such messages. But, not all individuals who are bombarded with the promotion of alcohol will drink alcohol. The choice to drink is dependent on my other factors such as their family’s use and perception of the drug, their experiences of seeing the use of it in public, as well as a personal decision on what they approve of. Though the pop music’s promotion of alcohol brands names could definitely be a factor in teen binge drinking, I don’t feel that it is the only factor to be considered.
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Reeva Steenkamp 'shot as she stood at the door arguing with Pistorius' - Independent.ie

Reeva Steenkamp 'shot as she stood at the door arguing with Pistorius' - Independent.ie | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
REEVA Steenkamp was pleading to her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius from behind their locked bathroom door when he shot her dead, the prosecutor in the Paralympian's trial claimed yesterday.
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Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz

Judges criticism of sex attack victim leads to complaint | Voxy.co.nz | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is lodging a formal complaint against a Judge who was reluctant to allow a sex abuse victim to read her victim impact statement in court saying the Judge showed an unacceptable bias towards the offender.
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Activist Brock Evans to speak at UAF

Activist Brock Evans to speak at UAF | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, long-time conservation leader, author and environmental activist Brock Evans will be speaking at the Schaible Auditorium on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
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Gauguin painting stolen 44 years ago hung in autoworker's kitchen

Gauguin painting stolen 44 years ago hung in autoworker's kitchen | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A pair of paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard that had been missing for four decades has been recovered by Italian authorities who said that the works of art were hanging in a kitchen of a retired Sicilian autoworker who was unaware of their value.
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Death toll in fiery bus crash rises to 10; 5 are high school students

Death toll in fiery bus crash rises to 10; 5 are high school students | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ORLAND, Calif. -- The death toll in a head-on collision between a FedEx truck and a bus full of Los Angeles-area high school students rose to 10 early Friday, officials said.
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Guest Column: Victim Offender Conferencing - A different kind of justice

Guest Column: Victim Offender Conferencing - A different kind of justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As it stands, our justice system does not address the victim. Instead, our system modeled on retributive justice; focuses solely on the offender.
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"TRICKED" - A Human Trafficking Documentary -

"TRICKED" - A Human Trafficking Documentary - | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On Thursday April 24th at North Hills Regal Cinema there will be a special screening of “Tricked.”  Tricked is a human trafficking documentary that allows an inside look in to the world of human trafficking.  Meet the pimps, the johns, the police, the parents and the victims (mostly children) of this thriving industry.  To view …
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Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking

Belgium Crushes its Elephant Ivory As Europe Takes Harder Look at Wildlife Trafficking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Belgium’s ivory crush outside Brussels comes the day before an EU conference on measures to reduce wildlife trafficking.
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