The explosive, definitive account of Michael Jackson’s fall from grace has now been updated with four new fascinating chapters. Award-winning journalist Diane Dimond, who first broke the story of the King of Pop’s battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, takes you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade. The new material, found only in this audio version, gives listeners a dramatic glimpse of one reporter’s vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.
"For several years I have been investigating the nationwide scourge of court-ordered guardianship for elders. It is often devastating for seniors and their families. This piece appeared at Real Clear Politics Investigations."
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My investigative research has uncovered a major flaw in America’s court system. It has to do with how overburdened and underfunded courts deal with family disputes over what to do with an elderly Mom or Dad. A growing number of families, nationwide, have learned that once a family member turns to the courts for help their parent could be placed under an odious elder guardianship situation managed by total stranger. Families caught up in this system say it turned their aging parent’s final years into a nightmare. These are my findings about the system in one state.
(My Albuquerque Journal series was awarded the Institute for American Studies prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Please read the sidebar stories in the left hand column under: More Info.) The series also won two major awards from the New Mexico Press Association including Best Investigative Public Service award.
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Thinking Outside The Crime and Justice Box is a compilation of some of my favorite and most thought provoking columns – with updates and new text. The book discusses today’s headline crime cases as well as crime and justice issues readers may not realize even existed. Compelling human stories at the core of crime are often the centerpiece of my columns and reading about stranger’s struggles can help readers better understand the dynamics surrounding crime, law enforcement and justice. Look, there is good and evil in the world and I figure it is my job to point it out.
Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted. The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.
My writings here are always different. Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit. It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out. - Diane
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January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York State that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for non-violent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply because they can’t afford bail.
Others, many in law enforcement, are calling it “a disgrace” and say the politicians forgot to consider a most important point: public safety.
This column might win me no fans on college campuses but there is something that must be said.
Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guarantee of due process. They say they are acting lawfully under the so-called Title IX law of 1972. But the meaning of that law has been twisted over the years by a tortured Victorian-era school of thought almost beyond comprehension.
It has never been easier to be an undetected serial killer in the United States.
That’s the opinion of two experts in the field of collecting murder data in America. And both men say that as you read this there are thousands of active serial killers roaming the U.S.. Some operate in big cities, others prefer the wide open spaces of rural America.
This will not start out as a good year for Professor Nick Flor of the University of New Mexico.
Beginning January 1st he will be suspended from this tenured position at UNM, without pay, for a full year. He is not allowed to get another fulltime job and the multimillions of dollars in grants he has received will dry up, his ability to win new grants will be next to impossible.
As we near the end of this decade it is a good time to reflect on where we stand at this moment in history. It’s not really standard cheerful holiday fare but here goes.
Half the country hates or doesn’t want the duly elected President. The other half likes or tolerates the Chief Executive.
The two main political parties remain locked in a pathetic never-ending dance of mutual destruction that has next to nothing to do with what’s best for the country.
Among the most powerful people in the justice system are prosecutors and the judges to whom they present their cases. The way our system is set up, judges must rely on whatever facts a prosecutor puts forth inside their courtroom.
It is the prosecutor who weighs the evidence police have gathered and then decides who is charged with a crime. They are the authors of the storyline presented to a criminal court jury. Prosecutors are the ones who suggest a sentence for the convicted – from a few years to life in prison or even death by state execution. Prosecutors hold the key every step of the way.
I was raised in the great American Southwest by parents who stressed personal responsibility, integrity, compassion for others and the ability to tell a good story. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico I absorbed the moral and ethical values I would carry with me throughout life and use daily as a journalist.
After a humble beginning in Albuquerque radio (covering the cops and courts beat) I moved east. First, radio in Washington, DC where politics was the name of the game and then to New York where I got my first taste of television. It was to be a long draw at the TV trough, from New York to Hollywood and back again. And always my most fulfilling work was done in the crime and justice genre. My long running syndicated column allows me to deep dive into the human stories behind the headlines on a weekly basis. Writing books about crime and how society reacts to it still fascinates me.
Photo courtesy: Alpha Stock Images January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York ...
This column might win me no fans on college campuses but there is something that ...
It has never been easier to be an undetected serial killer in the United States. That’s ...
This will not start out as a good year for Professor Nick Flor of the ...
As we near the end of this decade it is a good time to reflect ...