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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
A petition has been filed with the Governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life into an old and very sensational case. It asks Governor Chris Sununu to embrace this era’s evolved thinking on prison sentencing, specifically the sentence of life without parole.
A key section of the 695-page petition reads, “The New Hampshire Constitution’s goal of punishment being ‘to reform, not to exterminate’ warrants relief for Pamela Smart through commutation of her sentence to time served or to make her parole eligible.”
Here’s an idea. Instead of turning our schools into fortresses to try to prevent the next school shooting how about we do more than just that? As we contemplate adding metal detectors and bulletproof safe rooms to schools how about we try an additional approach as well?
How about setting up dedicated lines of communication within schools so students, teachers and staff can confidently share what they know about troubled kids and get them the attention they need.
Americans are so gullible. Even after all we know about Russian troll attempts to influence our 2016 presidential election with phony social media posts we still fall for their shenanigans.
Even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency, nicknamed “the Troll Farm”, and 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States via these fraudulent posts, we still join their deceptive Facebook pages and share their divisive Twitter messages.
The news alerts us to another mass shooting at _________ fill in the blank. A school, a theater, on a busy street or at a shopping mall and we shake our heads in disbelief. What’s the toll this time – five dead? Ten? Twenty? Who would do such a heartless thing? And, isn’t there a way to stop sick and violent predators before they kill?
You probably have a vision of the typical mass shooter. A mentally ill scruffy loner, a brooding, friendless young man who suddenly “just snaps.” But a new FBI study reports that impression is all wrong.
There are as many as 87 women who say Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted them in one way or another. Some charge they were forcibly raped by the 66-year-old ex-movie maker. The now disgraced Weinstein all but admitted his disreputable behavior in a recent interview when he, reportedly, said, “I did offer (women) acting jobs in exchanged for sex, but so did and still does everyone.”
It came as no surprise when Weinstein’s criminal defense attorney, Ben Brafman, quickly announced his infamous client had been misquoted and reminded that Weinstein has always denied all the charges.
Do you believe in second chances? To be more specific do you believe in second chances for convicted felons, even those sentenced to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole?
Your answer probably depends on details about the original crime committed, right? You might say, “Yes” to a second chance for a young adult who was sentenced for accessory participation in a felony and, “No” if the convict committed a horrendous murder or sexual attack and continues their violent ways in prison.
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.
A petition has been filed with the Governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life ...
Here’s an idea. Instead of turning our schools into fortresses to try to prevent the ...
Americans are so gullible. Even after all we know about Russian troll attempts to influence ...
Whether you believe the involvement of the federal government in our every day lives is ...
The news alerts us to another mass shooting at _________ fill in the blank. A ...