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Blind man tests DMV's exam methods

Blind man tests DMV's exam methods | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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Causes of gang violence cannot be solved by enforcement alone - The Guardian

Causes of gang violence cannot be solved by enforcement alone - The Guardian | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The GuardianCauses of gang violence cannot be solved by enforcement aloneThe GuardianFamily breakdown, poverty, poor housing, addiction, educational failure, crime, violence and unemployment create gang members.
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Eric Martinsen's comment, October 29, 2012 2:46 AM
I do have to agree with this because as they mention in the article, despite the big crackdown this method doesn't seem to be stopping the gangs. To quote professor Daku in another class, "Nature abhors a vacuum", and getting rid of the gangsters on the street just creates that power vacuum to be filled. Gangs kind of are like a illness, they started because the host (society) was in a weakened state (community, economic, social problems), and won't be cured by treating the symptoms (cracking down on gang members) but by treating the source (problems in the community).
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The Surprises in the $1 Billion Bank Suit

The Surprises in the $1 Billion Bank Suit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Here's an example of why White Collar Crime is so complex and difficult to prosecute: who would prosecutors charge with a criminal offense?  However, regulatory fines can act as an institutional control to persuade companies to be good actors.

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Craigslist ad may have lured gunman who shot five in family

Craigslist ad may have lured gunman who shot five in family | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A spokesman for the family shot in a gunman's rampage in Downey this week said the killer had responded to a Craigslist ad for a Chevy Camaro the family was selling. Downey police, however, continued to be tight-lipped about the...
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The Entrapment Defense for Criminal Defendants

The Entrapment Defense for Criminal Defendants | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Entrapment is a defense to criminal prosecution if a government agent induced a person to commit a crime which the person was otherwise unlikely to commit.
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Scientist that discovered GMO health hazards immediately fired, team dismantled

Scientist that discovered GMO health hazards immediately fired, team dismantled | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Is this white collar crime?
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Taylor Altenburg's comment, October 26, 2012 7:34 PM
This article is really interesting. It’s shocking that the researchers were looked down on and fired for finding such health hazards. After watching several documentaries on the food industry it’s kind of gross what actually goes into the process of making and packaging our food. My opinion on this is perhaps the researchers did not necessarily need to take this information right to the media and rather address the head of the companies and work to fix the problem instead of giving the country a major scare about the toxins.
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China Blocks Web Access to Times

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The Chinese government began blocking access to The Times after publication of an article describing the wealth accumulated by relatives of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
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Alleged killer "liked" "Find Autumn Pasquale" Facebook page

Alleged killer "liked" "Find Autumn Pasquale" Facebook page | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SEARCHERS returned from the forests and fields in and around Clayton, N.J., Sunday night, their voices hoarse from calling out the name of missing Autumn Pasquale, and those who loved her the most...
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Sarah's comment, October 26, 2012 7:41 PM
This is really sad and also a little disturbing. This kid probably liked the attention that the facebook page was receiving, proud of himself for his efforts being noticed. It makes me sick to my stomach to think that people can be so cruel to one another, especially at such a young age. It really makes you think, "what kind of life did this kid have to make him resort to this heinous behavior." Makes me feel very fortunate to grow up how I did with parents like I have. 15 is a very young age to murder another person...especially so close to his age. Truly a tragedy.
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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

Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fishermen | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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

Two teens charged with break-in at Chicago Police Department stable | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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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The growing cost of crime and punishment - The Copenhagen Post

The growing cost of crime and punishment - The Copenhagen Post | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The growing cost of crime and punishmentThe Copenhagen PostOpinions on the direction of the troubled system swung from continuing the current policy of ever-tougher sanctions to allowing certain minor offenders to avoid time behind bars by having a...
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Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty

Former executioners share their misgivings about death penalty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ron McAndrew, a former prison warden, said he began to have doubts about the death penalty after seeing flames dance from the head of an inmate strapped into Florida's electric chair.
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Eric Martinsen's comment, October 29, 2012 2:55 AM
I would imagine that killing people is not something that would go easily on your conscience, probably a bit worrying if it didn't. I used to be fine with the idea of the death penalty, really I'd still have no qualms with a person who committed a horrible crime be dead and unable to harm anyone further. However as justice classes have shown me, the death penalty is actually more costly, doesn't really help victims, and has had a disturbing amount of error in sentencing. For those reasons I am now against the death penalty, but I'd say just those reasons. It'd take a strong person to be the executioner though, to kill someone not fighting back is probably what makes it that much worse.
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Uncooperative witnesses create road block for law enforcement

Uncooperative witnesses create road block for law enforcement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It's a road block that police continue to hit. Victims and witnesses of violent crimes who won't talk to detectives. Prosecutors said it's a trend that has grown during the past decade.
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British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street - Telegraph

British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street  - Telegraph | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Nicholas Mockford, a British executive for the oil company ExxonMobil has been shot dead in front of his wife in an assassination-style killing in Brussels.
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US learning to say 'sorry' in Japan after high-profile incidents

US learning to say 'sorry' in Japan after high-profile incidents | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After two sailors were detained recently for the alleged assault and rape of a Japanese woman on Okinawa, official apologies flew. The U.S.
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Taylor Altenburg's comment, October 26, 2012 7:44 PM
I like the concept of apologizing to the other nation in an effort to save face and protect alliance, but its interesting how the apology is taking place before the final say in the trial. Yes everyone is innocent until proven guilty and in this case by making the apology it makes a statement that these men are guilty. I'm not saying anyone is innocent or guilty, I do like the intention of the apology and it should be used accordingly to each case as referenced from the article.
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How a High-Speed Rail Disaster Exposed China’s Corruption

How a High-Speed Rail Disaster Exposed China’s Corruption | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

White Collar Crime: China style.

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