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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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Why criminalising drug users is not effective

Business Insider spoke to Neil Woods, a former undercover drug squad officer, chairman of LEAP UK, and author of "Good Cop, Bad War".
Woods said the "British system" that treated problematic drug use as a medical issue was wiped out by US foreign policy.
He added that we need to change our approach to drug policy and start caring for people.
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Neil Woods: In the UK we used to lead the world in drug policy. It was called the British system, and it was a fairly simple premise - if someone has a problem with drugs, they get medical help.

That British system was destroyed by American moral imperialism. American foreign policy insisted that everyone follow their lead in how to deal with drugs, and that meant criminalising people.

The last breaths of the British system was from a doctor called John Marks, who at the height of the heroin explosion, took over clinics in the Wirral and Warrington. And he continued to prescribe heroin to those people who needed it. Now the effect there was startling and the evidence outstanding, because all the gangsters who were dealing - they left. They went away to Liverpool because they had no customers.

None of his patients died. Some of them got jobs, and a lot of them went successfully into treatment because if you're not spending all your time thinking about how you're going to pay for your next fix, you do have time to think about other things.

John Marks did that for a decade, and when he published the evidence from that, the American government insisted to the British government that that end. On the other hand, the Swiss government looked at that evidence and used it to inform their entire policy. And in Switzerland, they still proscribe heroin to this day. From the moment they did that in Switzerland, their burglaries were cut in half.

But it is clear from all of the problematic heroin users I've known - and I've known a lot - the one thing that is very clear to me is that they all have some real, genuine mental health problem, and two-thirds of them are self-medicating for childhood trauma, including childhood sexual or physical abuse.

It's not just me that says that - there are 20 independent academic studies which have come up with the same numbers. Drug policy at the moment is about criminalising people. So it's time to stop treating people as criminals, and it's time to start caring for them.

I don't think an evidence-based drug policy is too much to ask for, and certainly we should take pride and go back to the British system.

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33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree

33 Dead, 130 Injured in China Knife-Wielding Spree | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

State officials blame the attack in Yunnan province on separatist 'terrorists.'

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Saudi sentenced to death for joining terror cell

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The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday sentenced to death a Saudi for joining the Tarout Battalion terrorist cell.
He was convicted of harming national security, killing and intimidating security forces, attacking public property, undertaking acts of sabotage and chaos, obstructing roads, inciting strife and division in the country, and participating in demonstrations in Qatif.
The convict threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, shouted anti-government slogans at demonstrations, and used his car to drive around other wanted fugitives.
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German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police | News | DW | 21.02.2018

German prisons: 150 dangerous Islamists need deradicalizing, say police | News | DW | 21.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

About 150 dangerous Islamists are being held in prisons across Germany, according to figures from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) published by German daily Die Welt on Wednesday.

The men are either serving jail sentences or are in custody on terror-related charges, the paper cited the BKA as saying.

The newspaper said there were also several "relevant persons" being held, which it said were those regarded as sympathizers or supporters of radical Islam.

"In the next few years we must expect a wave of extremists in our prisons," the German state of Hesse's Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann (CDU), told the newspaper.

She referred to hundreds of investigations against Islamists, which are currently being conducted nationwide, many of them against jihadists returning to Germany from the Middle East after fighting with the "Islamic State" militant group.

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Guinea police filmed through keyhole vandalising cars

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A man managed to secretly film police vandalising cars during a protest against the results of a local election in the Guinean capital Conakry. The man behind the camera (and the door) told the Observers how he managed to catch these officers breaking the law.

The video, which is about a minute long, looks like a sequence from an action movie – James Bond looking through his visor. The men caught on camera were a group of unscrupulous police officers destroying a parked car during a protest held in Conakry, Guinea on February 12.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

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People all over the country follow the Games closely, even in the workplace.

"If the phone rings during the final sprint, I call back a few minutes later," smiles Espen Thoresen, an online community manager. In Norway, work sometimes comes second during the Winter Olympics - often with the blessings of bosses.

At Kahoot, a young Oslo start-up that makes educational apps, a big flat screen TV on the wall of the common area is showing the Vikings' latest exploits thousands of miles away in Pyeongchang.
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Breaker, breaker: CB radios, the Facebook of the 1970s, back in fashion - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Mr Regan's exhibition also coincides with the 40th anniversary of CB radio use being legalised in Australia.


PHOTO: A CB radio from the 1980s.
"Truckies did a lot for CB radio to have it legalised in 1977," he said.

"Before then it was a criminal offence punishable by six months in jail and/or a $100 fine.

"The Postmaster General would oversee all of this and they were catching people and fining them and some went to jail."

Today, Australian CB radio users can still be prosecuted, but only if they use 'channel five', which is designated for emergencies only.

Mr Regan's collection is on display at the Lawrence Museum until the end of November.
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Fast-track courts open

Justice Minister Muhammed Al-Issa has launched a system of fast disposal of legal cases at the Social Status Court (SSC) in Riyadh.“The system of making decisions in a single sitting on cases that do not require detailed study has been implemented in the Social Status Court in Riyadh. The system will be extended to other courts gradually,” Al-Issa, who is also chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), said while inaugurating a system of special courts, including courts for commercial and labor disputes and courts for implementation of verdicts issued by other courts.
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Police: Angry mob killed suspects in murder of girl in India

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GAUHATI, India: Police say nearly 1,000 people dragged two suspects out of a police station and beat them to death in anger after the rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in India’s remote northeast.
Police officer Apur Bitin says 15 police officers were injured in Monday’s mob attack in Tezu, a town in Arunachal Pradesh state.
Bitin said Tuesday the mob first demanded that the two accused be handed over to them. They later dragged the two out of the police lockup and attacked them and the heavily outnumbered police.
The girl had been killed in the nearby village of Namgo eight days ago.
Pema Khandu, the state’s top elected official, ordered a magistrate to inquire into the matter.
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Germany: Child killer Marcel H. sentenced to life in prison | News | DW | 01.02.2018

Germany: Child killer Marcel H. sentenced to life in prison | News | DW | 01.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The 20-year-old was found guilty of stabbing two people in cold blood. One of his victims was only 9 years old. The murders set out a manhunt in the populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia in March 2017.
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Meaghan Tucker's comment, Today, 2:13 AM
This is horrifying to say the least. He clearly had other problems beside him being sad. Stabbing someone 120 times is a bit excessive for any murder. He deserves the time he is going to serve.I think if he was in the United States he would be getting more than 20 years.
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Iranian-Canadian environmentalist′s death in prison raises questions | News | DW | 11.02.2018

Iranian-Canadian environmentalist′s death in prison raises questions | News | DW | 11.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Prominent Iranian-Canadian environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami died in custody in Tehran a fortnight after his arrest, activists and a family member said on Sunday.

Announcing the death on social media, Seyed-Emami's son, Ramin, cast doubt on the official claim that the cause was suicide.

"They say he committed suicide. I still can't believe this," Ramin, a well-known singer, said.

The Iran Sociology Association, of which Seyed-Emami was a member, also questioned the official cause of death.

"The information published about him is not believable, and we expect officials to respond and to provide the public with information concerning his death," the association said in a statement.
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Suspects arrested in theft, slaughter of pregnant Berlin petting zoo goat | News | DW | 19.02.2018

Suspects arrested in theft, slaughter of pregnant Berlin petting zoo goat | News | DW | 19.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two suspects have been taken into custody for stealing and hacking to death a pregnant goat at a petting zoo, authorities in Berlin said Monday, in what may be part of a larger killing spree.

Police arrested two Romanian men on Sunday as they fled over the fence of the Haseheide petting zoo, normally a serene place for parents to take their children to look at cute animals and go on pony rides.

One of the men was found with a knife with traces of blood. Not far away police found a backpack with animal legs and blood-smeared gloves, Berlin Morgen Post reported.

A curly-white haired Angora goat named Lilly was reportedly found with its throat slit and body parts separated, in a brutal act that resembled a recent similar incident.
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China furious after American 'steals terracotta warrior's thumb' at museum | Euronews

China furious after American 'steals terracotta warrior's thumb' at museum | Euronews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Chinese officials have demanded an American man be "severely punished" after he was accused of stealing the thumb of one of the famed terracotta army while it was on display in Philadelphia.

Michael Rohana was attending an "ugly Christmas jumper party" at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia when he snuck off into the restricted Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition, according to court documents.

He then allegedly used his phone to inspect the 2,000-year-old statues, taking a selfie with one before going in for a more permanent memento, snapping its thumb off and putting it in his pocket, according to the FBI.

The FBI traced the item back to Rohana after the Philadelphia museum noticed it was missing on January 8.

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'No foreigners accepted': The food bank that turns away non-Germans | Euronews

'No foreigners accepted': The food bank that turns away non-Germans | Euronews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Has solidarity got limits? It does at one food bank in west Germany’s town of Essen, where only newcomers presenting a German ID card will receive food. Such was the recent decision of the management, sparking a wave of criticism.

“We want German grandmothers to keep coming to us,” Jörg Sartor told a local paper. He heads the facility in Essen which is part of Tafel Deutschland, a nationwide charitable association providing free meals for the poor at 930 food banks. So far, it is the only facility to have introduced the measure.

On its website the food bank said 75 percent of its clients were foreigners at its peak; the fall out of the steep rise in asylum seekers over recent years. It said it found itself “forced” to introduce the measure “in order to ensure reasonable integration.”
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Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

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An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Daesh group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.
Beside the 21 death sentences, the court handed down life sentences — which in Egypt are equal to 25 years — to four defendants, and 15-year-sentences to three others, MENA said.
The 28 on trial were charged with belonging to an outlawed group linked to Daesh, disrupting public order, possession of weapons and endangering society among other charges. Of the total, only 12 are in custody while the others — 16 suspects — are at large.
Rights groups have repeatedly criticized similar mass sentencings in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials.
Egyptian authorities have been carrying out a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent since the 2013 military overthrow of President Muhammad Mursi, arresting thousands of his supporters as well as some well-known secular activists.
Earlier on Thursday, six suspected members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group were ordered detained for 15 days, pending investigation over joining a “terrorist” group.
The six were arrested on Wednesday night on a farm allegedly belonging to detained former presidential candidate and “Strong Egypt” party leader, Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh. He was a longtime Brotherhood member before he quit the group in 2011.
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Britain appoints first female ‘Black Rod’

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Sarah Clarke, the former director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, on Tuesday became the first woman to hold the post of “Black Rod” in British Parliament.

Clarke was introduced in the House of Lords as “Lady Usher of the Black Rod,” breaking its 650-year history of men only.

Tasked with banging on the House of Commons door to summon MPs to the Queen’s Speech every year, Black Rod plays a key role in parliamentary events.

The name Black Rod derives from the ebony staff, topped with a golden lion, that the official uses to knock three times on the door.

Besides ceremonial duties, the British Parliament website says the Black Rod is responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the upper Lords chamber.
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Pedophile priest convicted by German court of 108 cases of child abuse | News | DW | 22.02.2018

Pedophile priest convicted by German court of 108 cases of child abuse | News | DW | 22.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A German ex-priest was handed an eight-and-a-half year sentence on Thursday for 108 cases of child sexual abuse and other offenses.

The unidentified 53-year-old man will be detained in a psychiatric institution, with any possibility of future release depending on the outcome of therapy, a regional court in the southeastern town of Deggendorf ruled.

The judge said his treatment would take many years and its success was doubtful, but that a guilty plea had increased his chances of eventual release.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

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Expected to run for months before a verdict is delivered in June, the trial of Stockholm terror suspect Rakhmat Akilov is one of the biggest and most important in Sweden's history. "Unique" is how prosecutor Hans Ihrman described it, after a day where Akilov was grilled by lawyers representing the many plaintiffs with The Local in attendance.
The trial over the Stockholm attack is unusual in that Akilov survived, Ihrman said at a press conference following the end of the day's proceedings, noting that with other terror attacks the person committing it often died in the process.

That gives Sweden a rare opportunity to use the legal system to try and find some kind of closure with the event that rocked the country at its very core on April 7th, 2017, when five were killed and many others injured as a truck sped down central street Drottninggatan running pedestrians over.
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The Local - Europe's news in English

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Despite the limited effect they had on the country engulfed in Nazism, the White Rose movement is widely celebrated around the world for their resistance to Hitler. The Scholl siblings are seen as leading figures in peaceful resistance movements around the world, remembered for their courage until the moment of their deaths.

It's perhaps difficult for people fortunate enough to live in western democracies today to answer Wittenstein's question of what we would have done.
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Big cities to have family courts

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Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa will launch Tuesday a system of special courts that will deal with family-related legal issues, such as divorce, alimony and custody, said Fahd Al-Bakran, Justice Ministry spokesman.Civil affairs departments and courts will be established in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam to review such issues, he said.“This is an extension of earlier efforts aimed at helping Justice Ministry courts bypass general courts and instead, resort to independent courts to get their cases settled,” he said.
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SR1.22bn for building new judicial facilities

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The Justice Ministry has allocated SR1.22 billion to construct 22 new buildings for courts and public notaries in different parts of the Kingdom, said Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa.Addressing an Eid Al-Adha ceremony at the ministry, Al-Eissa said the ministry would continue its efforts to develop judicial services.The development process will continue with the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, he said, adding that the new projects form part of the King Abdullah Judicial Development Project.
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WorldLink: Colombia prison restaurant serves a sense of purpose | All media content | DW | 12.01.2018

WorldLink: Colombia prison restaurant serves a sense of purpose | All media content | DW | 12.01.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A restaurant with a twist is drawing food connoisseurs to the Colombian city of Cartagena. The "’Inmate" restaurant opened a year ago inside the San Diego women's prison and is run almost entirely by the prisoners themselves. The idea is to give inmates the chance to learn new skills they can use once they're released.
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Meaghan Tucker's comment, Today, 2:02 AM
I think this is such a great idea! There are a lot of inmates who become homeless when they get out because they have no experience with anything. This restaurant not only provides training, but it shows society that not all inmates are horrible people.
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Two-year prison sentence reasonable grounds for firing, German court rules | News | DW | 08.02.2018

Two-year prison sentence reasonable grounds for firing, German court rules | News | DW | 08.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A baker jailed for attempted robbery lost his appeal to keep his job after the court in Frankfurt ruled an employer could terminate his contract. The accused had tried to compare his jail term to paternity leave.
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Matt Patzke's comment, February 22, 12:53 AM
I’m not going to lie. When I first read this headline, I laughed a little bit. I have no idea how German law works when it comes to employment and having a criminal conviction, but this seems obvious that an employer can terminate your employment while your in prison for 2 years. What I find interesting is that he tries to use the excuse that if he was to have a child he would have paternity leave and thus his job could not fire him. Now I don’t know how paternity leave works in Germany but having a family and committing robbery are completely different.
Meaghan Tucker's comment, Today, 2:07 AM
I had to laugh a little bit when I read the part about him comparing it to time off for a new born. A new born into the family is happy happy moment where family take the time to bond. Jail time is somebody serving for committing a crime against the law. Why would these two things be compared to each other at all?
Rob Duke's comment, Today, 12:39 PM
Yes, he's definitely pushing the limits of the social welfare system....I wonder if he thought he had a chance or this was like our prison lawsuit over whether inmates had a right to chunky peanut butter....or was it smooth peanut butter?
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Iraq: German ′Islamic State′ bride sentenced to 6 years in prison | News | DW | 18.02.2018

Iraq: German ′Islamic State′ bride sentenced to 6 years in prison | News | DW | 18.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A court in Iraq has sentenced German teenager Linda W. to six years in prison for her involvement with "Islamic State" (IS) jihadis, German media reported on Sunday.

Citing judicial sources in Baghdad, broadcasters NDR, WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that the 17-year-old was given five years for being a member of IS, as well as an extra year for entering Iraq illegally.

The trial took place before a juvenile court in the Iraqi capital and was not open to the public, the reports said. The verdict could not immediately be independently verified by authorities in Germany.
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Germany fines man €208,000 for stealing calf liver | News | DW | 20.02.2018

Germany fines man €208,000 for stealing calf liver | News | DW | 20.02.2018 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

A 58-year-old man has been given a record-breaking fine for theft at a Munich supermarket, the Munich District Court has reported.

Police arrested the man in December after he was caught taking calf liver and repackaging it as lower-cost fruit. He used the self-checkout line to purchase the meat for a fraction of its cost, estimated at being between €13 to €47 ($16 to $58). It was the fourth time in a month he had taken liver and re-packaged it as fruit, the court reported on its website on Monday.

The man had been remanded in custody in December after failing to prove he had a permanent address in Germany. At his trial he gave a full confession but was unable to give a motive for his actions. 

The court fined the man €208,000 ($258,000), citing his exorbitant monthly income and previous offenses. The fine was calculated on the basis of 260 days at €800 per day. The man was released from custody. 

The man, who can not be named under German reporting restrictions for legal cases, was given a 2-year suspended sentence in 2013 for concealing foreign bank accounts and fined €440,000. He was given a further 21-month sentence after giving a false foreign address in a tax assessment case in 2015. He was only released in 2017, just a few months before being caught taking the calf liver in the Munich-Haidhausen store in December 2017. 

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