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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
Dateline Washington: “The Justice Department announces the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet’s leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children.”
All I can say is, it is about time.
They blend in to veteran’s groups, military parades and usually sport a hat or jacket displaying the logo of a branch of the service. They tell intriguing stories about their military exploits with highly trained and super-secret special forces like the Navy Seals, Green Berets or Army Rangers.
Some may let you see their Medal of Valor, Silver Star or Purple Heart. You instinctively want to thank them for their service. But beware. Those patches and medals can be bought online as fast as you can type in a credit card number.
Here we go again. Facebook critics are up in arms, outraged over the idea that their personal information might have been mishandled either by the U.K. based company Cambridge Analytica, by Facebook or both.
It’s as if people are surprised that digital information is shared or outright sold to other companies. Since no one pays to join Facebook how do you think its founder Mark Zuckerberg, 33, became a multibillionaire?
There is no doubt the deadly mayhem endured by the citizens of Austin, Texas at the hands of a mysterious bomber this month was horrendous. But in the annals of crime 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt (a.k.a. the Austin Bomber) will go down as an amateur.
And, sad to say, bombings are not that unusual. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports that in 2016 there were 439 of them, set in motion by jilted lovers, stalkers or relatives seeking revenge or an inheritance. Since 1990, dozens have been wounded or killed by a package bomb.
Ahh. The extra sunshine these days makes me long for spring. Thanks to daylight saving time nearly all of us are now able to enjoy an extra hour of sun on the back end of the day. The only U.S. residents who don’t benefit live in Hawaii, most of Arizona (excluding the Navajo reservation) and about a half dozen American territories that stay on standard time.
But not everyone is as happy as I am with the extra sunlight.
It happens 2.9 billion times each month. All across this nation citizens are being pestered by privacy-invading telephone calls from either live or tape-recorded telemarketers, spammers and scammers even though there are state and federal laws against such unwanted calls.
Think about this. 2.9 billion calls a month translates to 96.6 million of these annoying and frustrating calls placed every single day. That’s four-and-a-quarter million phone calls every hour causing many who answer the calls to want to tear their hair out.
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.
Dateline Washington: “The Justice Department announces the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet’s leading forum for ...
They blend in to veteran’s groups, military parades and usually sport a hat or jacket ...
Here we go again. Facebook critics are up in arms, outraged over the idea that ...
There is no doubt the deadly mayhem endured by the citizens of Austin, Texas at ...
Ahh. The extra sunshine these days makes me long for spring. Thanks to daylight saving ...