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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
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.
Dear students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
The nation hears you. We have seen you on television and read your quotes. Despite the terror of losing 17 classmates and teachers to a gun wielding madman you are the most eloquent victims I’ve ever heard. Traumatized student-victims are usually whisked away, protected from public view. You, on the other hand, have chosen to stand up, speak your mind and demand more from the adults who are in charge. Bravo!
Think of all the ground-breaking scientific developments that have helped in the fight against crime. Fingerprinting, blood testing and DNA profiling to name just three. Today it is way past time for another major advancement.
This one must be laser-focused on the digital world in which we all exist. And it must be a fully funded and staffed by modern day detectives who have an expertise in the ever-changing computer science landscape.
Have you ever watched that recurring ABC evening news segment called Made in America? They highlight small businesses that provide lots of jobs and make competitively priced products designed to reduce our appetite for cheap foreign made goods. Stirs my patriotic juices every time I see it and it makes me wonder what would happen to our economy if we all bought merchandise only made here in the United States.
There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves and then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn’t happen, but it happens way too often.
A study published in the journal Forensic Science International combed through more than 30 years of FBI filicide cases and found parent-on-child murder happen in the United States about 500 times each year.
In all the #MeToo talk about sexual harassment, assault and rape it dawns on me that one category of victim remains undiscussed, almost taboo to talk about: the victims of childhood incest.
Meet Elizabeth Spalter. Buoyed by today’s open conversation about sexual crimes Elizabeth wants the world to know her story.
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.
It happens 2.9 billion times each month. All across this nation citizens are being pestered ...
Dear students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: The nation hears you. We have seen you ...
Think of all the ground-breaking scientific developments that have helped in the fight against crime. ...
Have you ever watched that recurring ABC evening news segment called Made in America? They ...
There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, ...